Historical Village Expands, Improves Packing House

February 7, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village recently completed a renovation of its Packing House, the building that houses the artifacts that are not currently on display.

The renovation added 400 square feet of space, allowing room for storage of larger items. Other improvements included a new entry, new windows, and an improved work space area. There is now a dedicated spot for workers to receive acquisitions. A sink, cabinets, and countertop were added, as well as a work table that will enable a group to work together on a project. In addition, exterior improvements include an expansion of the wagon and buggy area, a cement floor, and hurricane-rated roll-down doors.

“The building was in need of repair, and more space was needed for storage,” said Deb Gleason, a long-time member of the village’s display and archive committee. “The museum undertook this renovation to help us provide safe and easy access to our collection while protecting the artifacts in a controlled and protective environment.”

“Our collection includes thousands of items,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “Because we can’t have everything on display at one time in our nine historical buildings, we need as much space as possible to properly store everything. This renovation will improve our ability to keep storage areas clean, organized, well ventilated, and properly illuminated.”

The Packing House is a replica of the bay side warehouse and loading dock of the Sanibel Packing Company, also known as Bailey’s General Store.

Then Historical Village board member Jane Holder headed planning and oversight of the renovation project.

The Sanibel Historical Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional charge, depending on docent availability. The village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to the buildings. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.sanibelmuseum.org or call (239) 472-4648.