Sanibel and Captiva Islands are well known for their strong rules protecting the environment, but the islands are equally supportive of preserving the islands’ past.
The Sanibel Historical Village and Museum has saved an entire village of island history: 1896 Schoolhouse, 1900 Sanibel Packing House, 1926 Miss Charlotta’s Tea Room, 1927 Old Bailey General Store, and several pioneer cottages.
Equally impressive is how landmark resorts have saved original buildings. The 1890 Thistle Lodge is the restaurant at the Casa Ybel Resort. The Charles Linbergh Cottage and the Old Captiva House stand at Captiva’s Tween Waters Inn. The Island Inn and the South Sea Islands Plantation feature original structures.
In a Florida where high rise condos have replaced Old Florida architecture, it is nice to visit a progressive resort that recognizes the value of historic preservation.