sanibel historical museum and village

For a taste of the history of Sanibel Island, consider at visit to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Not only is it a place to celebrate the island’s history, but also to give a better understanding of its present and potentially its future. Dedicated to telling the story of[…]

Celebrate Island History at the Sanibel Museum

gladiolus

You’ve likely heard Fort Myers referred to before as the City of Palms, but Fort Myers also holds the former title of Gladiolus Capital of the World. The colorful bulbs first began sprouting up in Fort Myers in the 1930s, as growers fled to the area to help their crops avoid the winter freeze.

Fort Myers Was Once Gladiolus Capital

fort myers beach arches

For more than a half-century, dual arches symbolically marked the entrance to Fort Myers Beach, before eventually succumbing to the need for new development. Now, decades later, though, it seems the infamous arches could be making a comeback. First erected in the mid-1920s, the Fort Myers Beach Arches were well known for welcoming people to the beach, and it seems nearly every local or visitor who passed through the arches had their own story to tell.

Fort Myers Beach Arches Might be Returning

billy bowlegs

While the Fort Myers of today is noted mostly for its beautiful homes and sensational beaches, generations ago the area was better known for supplying the legend of Billy Bowlegs. The leader of the Seminole tribe in the mid 1800s, Chief Billy Bowlegs led the Third Seminole War against the white settlers infringing on tribal territory, with a series of attacks that spanned for several years.

The Legend of Billy Bowlegs

downtown fort myers

Now a thriving and vibrant city known for its spectacular scenery and admirable real estate, the history of Fort Myers actually dates back several decades, traced to the exploration of Ponce de Leon in the 1500s and an actual fort in the 1800s.

A Look Back at Early Fort Myers