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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

This collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings brings early Sanibel back to life in a beautifully serene setting.  Dedicated to the pioneer families of Sanibel and Captiva, the Village includes Clarence Rutlands home, Baileys General Store, Morning Glories (a Sears/Roebuck catalog home), Miss Charlottas Tea Room, the 1926 Post Office, the Burnap Cottage, and the latest addition the original schoolhouse -- transplanted in late 2004 from its former Periwinkle Way location where it served as a theater for years.  All of the buildings are furnished with items from the early 1900s.  A handicapped-accessible boardwalk and shell paths take visitors past a pioneer garden, antique Model T truck, and a replica of a packinghouse with farm equipment.  The Village relates the history of the islands beginning with the days of the Calusa Indians up to the mid-1900s.  The Historical Village and Museum is open November through mid-August, Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, although summer hours may vary. Closed mid-August through October.  Donations of $5 per adult are welcomed.  School children and younger are free.

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