TOUR SOME OF THE OLDEST FLORIDA HOMES IN EVERGLADES CITY, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
In southwest Florida, many families can trace their ancestors back to settlements in the 1800’s. There are more than 50 historic buildings in the area.
Founded in 2004, the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation’s mission is to preserve historic sites, structures, documents, artifacts and memories within the Everglades area in Collier County, Florida. Historical researchers can use their items but can’t remove them. You can download a catalog of books from their site. Their Vallez Collection includes original paintings by Naples artist Jerry Vellez including historic buildings in the area.
The Society is presenting the Everglades Homes Tour on Saturday, March 13th from 1-5 pm in Everglades City. Registration is at the Rod and Gun Club Lodge where attendees get a booklet and map. They can wander among the houses, which have been opened to the public for the day by their owners, and see old-growth trees and landscaped gardens. The Lodges offers a scenic porch overlooking river views, and in the lobby local artists and authors will exhibit and sign their works. For more information call 239-695-4642. Tickets are $20 each.
Everglades city is east of Marco Island and south of Naples.