A "step back in time" is the way the Historical Village is described by visitors. Seven historic island buildings have been preserved and moved to a charming "village" setting and are filled with artifacts and exhibits that chronicle the Calusa and Spanish periods and tell stories about the pioneer families who farmed and fished the islands from the 1880s to 1940s. Visitors see a way of life that is long gone, except as preserved at the Historical Village. Volunteer docents share island tales with visitors, and visitors, in turn, enjoy sharing their own Sanibel stories.
As a cultural attraction, the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village continues to offer an outstanding value. Admission is still only $5 for adults, 18 and over. Children and Museum members are free. The Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG Arts) and is handicap accessible. For more information, call 472-4648 or visit the Museum website, wwwsanibelmuseum.org.
'Morning Glories,' the charming 1922 Sears kit home built by Martin Mayer, was situated on San Carlos Bay, until it was preserved and moved to the Historical Village. Visitors are so enchanted by this two-bedroom cottage, they often inquire about its availability as a bed and breakfast rental!