Pictured here is the hero of the day, Punta Gorda hardware store owner and avid boatsman Francis ( Frank ) Marion Cooper. After 20 long and contentious years, Cooper was elected State Senator for DeSoto County. In his second term he finally got Charlotte County to be created. The same year he died suddenly, never to see the fruits of his long efforts.
Bridging our past and shaping our future. Our history not only tells us where we have been, but is a leading indicator of where we are headed. The Society is here to fulfill the legacy of the Charlotte Harbor Area Historical Society and its historian founders, Lindsay Williams and U.S. Cleveland in the 20th Century.
Charlotte County has lost the majority of our historic buildings and places at an alarming rate. Please help us protect and preserve our historyfor future generations.
Pictured right: State Senator Francis ( Frank) Marion Cooper, Desoto County 1920
How many streets in Charlotte County are named after the people in our history?
In 2021, the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society will publish more of our history, not just the stories of the select few of the peoples and places. Research it, write it and preserve it.
The Charlotte County Florida Historical Society is researching and planning for the Centennial Celebration of Women's Rights to Vote. We will be sponsoring numerous presentations on the role women played in Charlotte County's history, as well as focusing on several of our county's " great Women" with a special dinner and awards ceremony. If you have a woman in our history, that you wish to nominate, send your nomination to our society president, Linda Elligott @ firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish to thank our bank, Wells Fargo for their commitment to celebrating the local history for each and every branch of the bank in the United States. Wells Fargo had 9 branches in Charlotte County, check out the historical lobby displays.