A bit of rich history was unearthed when the Smithsonian discovered nearly 100 members of a 17th century Calusa Tribe. Extremely resourceful and technologically advanced, this tribe constructed artificial islands and canals. Their population dwindled after succumbing to European diseases and disbanded in the early 18th century. Some survivors joined the Seminole Tribe while others went to Cuba.

Exhibits at the CHARLOTTE COUNTY HISTORICAL CENTER display artifacts and provide a historical time-line dating back thousands of years. Charlotte County’s first pioneer settlement is on display at Bayshore Live Oak Park. Web site

Other points of interest are:
Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum,
A.C. Freeman House,
Punta Gorda History Park,
The Railroad Depot (in Punta Gorda),
Blanchard House,
Ponce de Leon Historical Park

Located on the Caloosahatchee River, visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the friendships, inventions and fascinating history behind two of the worlds’ most remarkable men…Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Thomas Edison’s laboratory is on display where generated electricity and the first incandescent light bulb were created.

Stroll 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory as well as the Estates Museum which contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries.

All have low or no admission prices while some request a donation.