Historical Village Draws More Than 200 to Pre-Luminary Open House

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Dan Perkins

The Sanibel Historical Village hosted a pre-luminary open house December 3 with more than 200 people attending. There was free admission from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. as visitors toured the holiday exhibit featuring themed decorations and timelines displaying the lives of the village’s nine authentic historical buildings.

The exhibit, “Trees, Timelines, & Special Memories,” runs through the first week of January.

After doing extensive research on each of the village’s buildings, volunteers found that most of them were used for several different purposes before they were moved to the village. They found it fascinating to discover each building’s complete history.

Timelines will be on exhibit in each of the village’s nine buildings. The holiday trees and exhibits will reflect the items found on the timelines. This holiday exhibit will offer a whole new layer of island history never before shared at the village.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with the city of Sanibel’s regulations, masks are required inside the buildings. Full guided tours are available only if reserved in advance for groups of no more than six, depending on docent availability. This precautionary measure is due to COVID-19. The village hopes to be able to resume regular tours, at 10:30 and 1:30, as soon as possible and within safety guidelines.

The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. The village has handicap access to all but one building, the tiny Post Office. For more information, call (239) 472-4648 during museum hours or visit http://www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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