Long ago, warmer temperatures attracted big animals and the people who hunted them.
The earliest settlers were free men, slaves and Native-Americans and Cubans seeking a place to live, all seeking land and a way to make a living. Charlotte County has always had a great deal of social diversity.
Before the Seminole Wars, our history was as Hillsborough County. During the long conflicts we were Manatee County, after the removal of the native inhabitants and the discovery of phosphate in 1887 we were DeSoto County. Finally in 1921, we became Charlotte County, Florida.
Our boat will tour historic Pine Island Sound, including the 19th century fish shacks near N. Captiva
Learn how the island's history connects to our Charlotte County history
See Events page for details of the December 4 trip.
The Great Freeze of 1864 -1865
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Truly a gem of a museum on the African-Americans in Punta Gorda. Very complete narrative from the period after the black seminoles to the 20th century. Many wonderful photos and artifacts
Historic Spanish Point is located in neighboring Osprey, Sarasota County, Florida. All the prehistoric, as well as the historic periods in our region are beautifully preserved. Our history comes alive ever
Englewood and Lemon Bay have a shared history with Charlotte County, growing up together as we have. We support the many historical preservation groups there, and invite you to visit their historic si
Since 1983, The Punta Gorda Historical Society and the Punta Gorda Women's Club have been working to keep the city's historical buildings and parks. Due to their efforts Punta Gorda is the only place in Charlotte County which still