September 25, 2018 – The Sanibel Historical Village re-opens October 16, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We’re planning exciting programs this season, including three of our popular Twilight Talks,” said executive director Emilie Alfino. “Our annual gala fundraiser is scheduled for February 19. Watch the local newspapers for specifics. We look […]

Historical Village Welcomes Hundreds on Free Admission Day

Hundreds of guests visited the Sanibel Historical Village on Free Admission Day on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We welcomed approximately 275 adults and 25 children ,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “Probably more people came, as it isn’t easy to keep track of numbers with the crowd. We’re delighted [...]

Historical Village to Hold Free Admission Day

The Sanibel Historical Village will offer free admission for all visitors on Saturday, June 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We decided to hold Free Admission Days because sometimes Sanibel residents tell us they have never been to the village,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “I suppose it’s the same syndrome that causes [...]

Beloved Restaurant Speaks To Historical Village Volunteers

Former restaurant owner Ann Walter reminisced about the Harbor House Restaurant for a group of Sanibel Historical Village volunteers last week. The Harbor House started out as Jack’s Place owned by Jack Cole. Known as a character, he had a shooting range in the back. Jack’s Place was built in 1948, making it the first […]

Summer Hours Begin At Sanibel Historical Village

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will switch to off-season, summer hours Tuesday, May 1. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum will be closed starting Wednesday, August 1, and will reopen Tuesday, October 16, on regular full-time hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum […]

Historical Village Thanks Volunteers at Appreciation Luncheon

The Sanibel Historical Village on Monday held a luncheon to thank its volunteers for all they do to help the museum. More than 70 volunteers attended the event held at The Dunes. “The village could not function without our family of volunteers,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “They are highly skilled and informed about the island’s […]

Historical Village Thanks San-Cap Rotary

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club recently donated $3,000 to the Sanibel Historical Village. The money is meant to mitigate the cost of the museum’s free admission for children under 18 years of age. “Rotary is a service organization that puts service above self,” said Ty Symroski, Rotary’s sponsor for the Historical Village. “The Historical Museum and […]

Children Can Hunt For Treasure at Sanibel Historical Village

It’s time to hunt for pirate treasure at the Sanibel Historical Village. Children who visit the village are invited to go on a treasure hunt through the village’s historical buildings, and then choose a prize from the treasure chest at the Rutland House. The Treasure Hunt will take place through April, 2018. The historical village […]

Author And Historian Speaks To Historical Village Volunteers

Author, historian, and long-time historical village volunteer Jeri Magg enlightened and entertained Historical Village volunteers with an hour-long discussion of Captiva history, filled with fun stories and interesting facts. Magg told stories of William Binder, who was shipwrecked in a storm off Boca Grande around 1860. The only survivor, he couldn’t swim and clung to […]

Clocks on Display at Historical Village

Inspired by the recent change to daylight savings time, clocks from the early 1900s are on display at the Sanibel Historical Village. “The display crew at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village has dusted off some vintage clocks and put them on display in each of the buildings,” explained Deb Gleason, chair of the village’s […]