History of the Beach

cottage 4Fort Myers Beach is rich in history from the ancient Calusa Indian Mounds to the lives of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Charles Limburg.  This history is displayed by the Cottage Museum of the Historic Society, and the Mound House.

Mound House – 451 Connecticut St.  (239-765-0865)

Experience old Florida at Mound House where Estero Island’s oldest standing structure sits on an ancient Calusa Indian Mound. Through archaeology and history 2,000 years of island life are revealed in a variety of tours and educational programs. Situated on Estero Bay, the site is accessible by boat and motor traffic and visitors are encouraged to picnic on the park grounds and enjoy the beautiful view.  A kayak landing area connects visitors to the Great Calusa Blueway Kayak Trail in Estero Bay.  The Shell Mound Exhibit is where visitors have the opportunity to walk inside a Calusa Indian mound. Mound House grounds have been landscaped to add to the historical ambience and provide further opportunities to meet the facility’s educational mission

Historic Society – 161 Bay Rd

The Estero Island Historic Society Museum and Nature Center is located in the Davison Cottage, built in 1921 on the beachfront, and now located at 161 Bay Rd., Fort Myers Beach. The cottage is open Wednesday and Saturday from 10 until noon.

The Cottage Museum sits at the trailhead to Matanzas Pass Preserve, the last maritime natural tropical preserve on Estero Island.   The Preserve is open dawn to dusk and is ADA compatible.

General Membership meetings are held the second Monday of the month during season at 7:00 pm and are open to the public.  Meetings are now held in our new library, on the third floor adjacent to the café.  The meetings often are very informative with historical presentations.

Sea grape jelly is made by members and sold in season.