BRINGING CHARLOTTE COUNTY'S HISTORY TO LIFE

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The people who made this place their home go back 150 centuries. Learn about living in our area when the Gulf Coast was 130 miles west of here.

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Long ago, warmer temperatures attracted big animals and the people who hunted them.

The earliest settlers after the 1700's were free men, blacks, whites and Native-Americans

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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.

What is now Charlotte County was the Seminole Nation and three other Florida counties in the preceding 100 years.

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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.

Join Us: 6/13/2019 . 7 pm Creating Meaningful Centennial Celebrations

COMING: TOUR OF HISTORIC USEPPA ISLAND

Pine Island Sound

Our boat will tour historic Pine Island Sound, including the 19th century fish shacks near N. Captiva

Tour of the Useppa Historical Society Museum

Learn how the island's history connects to our Charlotte County history

Lunch at the historic Useppa Club

See Events page for details of the December 4 trip.

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Visit Charlotte County's Museums

Off the beaten track. Use GPS, modern Annex Building. No sign for museum.

 Great collections and well worth the visit.

Punta Gorda History Center Museum

Blanchard House Museum

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

Blanchard House Museum

We Support Historic Spanish Point

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

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We Support the Englewood & Lemon Bay Societies

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

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PUNTA GORDA HISTORICAL SOCIETY SINCE 1983

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

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