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Thank you for visiting the website for the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society and the Charlotte County Historical Center Society.  Our mission is to research, preserve, publish and present the rich and diverse history of Charlotte County, Florida. While we presently do not have a physical history center and public museum, we keep our history alive in a multitude of free public programs that bring our history to life throughout the year. Join us for our FREE SUMMER LECTURE SERIES

UpComing EVENTS

The First Complete History of Florida's Phosphate Mining Boom!

Ted Ehmann, Charlotte County historian and author's book, Florida's Gray Gold, The Phosphate Mining Boom in the Deep South 1868-2018, Pineapple Press will be available beginning May 1, 2020

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SUMMER LECTURE SERIES

Confronting the Lost Cause-Florida's Gamble Plantation, Dr. Diane Wallman

  September 10, 2019, 7 PM, Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte. Free to the Public  

Dr. Diane Wallman of the University of South Florida, will present on the historical narrative of the Gamble Plantation in Ellenton, FL. First established by Robert Gamble along the Manatee River in the mid-19th - century. Gamble sugar plantation had as many as 200 slaves. In 1937 the Daughters of the Confederacy, who owned the site erected a memorial to Confederate Veterans on October 10, 1937.  Equally controversial was a memorial honoring Judah P. Benjamin, who served as the Secretary of the Confederacy under Jefferson Davis. Benjamin hid in the mansion until his escape to England after the war.

Wallman will discuss the shifting historical narrative around this controversial state park.

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FREE LECTURE SERIES

September 10, 7 PM

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Dr. Diane Wallman

The Gamble Plantation

October 10, 7 PM

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Edward Gonzalez Tennant

The Rosewood Massacre

September 19. 7 PM

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Eric Pendergast

Love Letters to the Gopher

Free Lecture series

November 11, 7 PM

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Author, Ted Ehmann - The Life and Times of Artist Wells Moses Sawyer

HERITAGE TOURS OF OLD FLORIDA FOR SALE

We Support the Military Heritage Museum

The Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda is a local treasure. Please show your support for the museum and programs

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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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