Sanibel Heritage Trail and Stories at Historical Village Twilight Talk

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Twilight Talk at the Sanibel Community Center, Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m., will be a historic event in Sanibel’s history, revealing the new Sanibel Heritage Trail and featuring six panelists sharing their personal experiences with the history of the island.

When completed this spring, the Sanibel Heritage Trail will feature 21 outdoor reader panels along the mixed-use path, a free map-guide, a web page, and a cell phone app. The panels will have text and historic photos addressing many aspects of Sanibel’s unique heritage, including its pioneer settlers, agriculture, architecture, causeway, commerce, community, conservation, education, and environment. Trail users also will become acquainted with the history of Sanibel’s governance, preservation efforts, racial integration, recreation, wildlife, and worship. The beginnings of the fishing and hospitality industries also will be addressed.

The Heritage Trail is sponsored by the City of Sanibel, its Historical Preservation Committee, and the Sanibel Public Library, the Lee County Tourist Development Commission, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, and the Florida Humanities Council. It will be accessible to all island residents and visitors and will emphasize the resourcefulness, persistence, hard work, and strong values of those associated with Sanibel’s heritage.

The program will open with a PowerPoint presentation by Craig Chandler of the Sanibel Planning Department, followed by Don Adams, Heritage Trail coordinator, who will discuss how the trail was developed, including the extensive research that was conducted over a period of five years to assure the accuracy and inclusiveness of the trail’s presentations. He will introduce a panelof Susan Cassell, Sheila Fortney, Deborah Gleason, Yvonne Hill, Jim Pickens, and Ty Symroski, who will share their personal behind-the-scenes experiences from decades of living Sanibel’s history.

Twilight Talk tickets are available for $10 per
person. Make your reservation by calling Emilie at 472-4648, or email Proceeds support the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village.

The historical village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS). Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older; those under 18 and members are free. Docent-guided tours are available at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no extra charge, based upon docent availability. There is handicap access to all buildings except the Post Office. For information, call 472-4648 during business hours or visit

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Admission is FREE for SHMV members and $15 for non-members (adults ages 18 years and up).  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit

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