One of the fun Fall activities on Sanibel is an afternoon spent at the Historical Village.

Along with all of our beach activities, shell collecting and sunning there are also many opportunities to enjoy yourselves on our Island Paradise, including a trip to the Historical Village! The Village reopened after a summertime hiatus, just in time for your island getaway! Located just minutes from Sanibel Arms West at 950 Dunlop Road, The Historical Village is a great way to spend a cool and sunny Sanibel Day.

Have you ever wondered what life was like 100 years ago on our beloved island’s modern settlers? Or even hundreds of years ago for the Spanish Conquistadors and Calusa Indians that resided in our island sanctuary during the age of discovery?

At the Historical Village you enter a fascinating world of days gone by visiting homes and businesses gathered from the entire island and relocated in this village setting, much like they might have stood before our more busy times. Tour all 7 buildings from a school house, Miss Charlotta’s Tea Room, the original Bailey grocery store, a vegetable packing house, private residences (one with a ghost! and one prefabricated home from Sears and Roebuck, shipped here in 30,000 pieces)  and a post office.   

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS). Admission is $10 for adults over 18; 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. For information, call 472-4648 during business hours or visit.