Legends of the Past Tour

in beautiful southwest Florida

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History comes alive on the barrier islands of Captiva and Sanibel Islands!

Join Captain Bubby as you visit the fascinating past of Sanibel and Captiva. Listen as the history, lore, and legends of this beautiful paradise come to life. The islands were a very different place long ago, and the story of the islands leading up to today is absolutely fascinating!

On this tour you will:

  • Learn about the Calusa Indians who first inhabited these islands, how they lived and what lead to their demise.
  • Listen to tales of European explorers, pirates, the early settlers and homesteaders.
  • Visit Old Town and the beautiful Sanibel lighthouse and learn its history
  • Discover who were the famous visitors to the Islands and the impacts they left behind
  • Learn about the ferry system that was used before the causeway was built. It wasn’t always just a drive across the bridge!

Do you want to discover Fort Myers?

Built on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers is located in the same strategic location twice chosen by the United States Army for a military fort. Confederate blockade runners and “Cattle Kings” called the Caloosahatchee River Valley home. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone all built winter homes in Fort Myers after discovering its charms during the late 1800s. The growth of the community was greatly facilitated with the arrival of the Coast Railroad. The opening of the Tamiami Trail linked Fort Myers to Tampa and Miami, adding more to the growth of the Big Boom in the 1920’s. The discovery of “pink gold” off shore sparked not only the shrimping industry, but the ancillary businesses to support it. The older downtown area and the City of Fort Myers historic districts have retained much of their charm, and proper preservation measures are in place to ensure that charm will be treasured for many generations to come.

Maybe you would like to become familiar with Pine Island

Pine Island and its surrounding islets have always been a world apart from the rest of Southwest Florida. The islands, while modern in most details, are still firmly rooted in history and maintains its rural island heritage making it the perfect place to step back in time to Old Florida. Pine Island has a colorful fishing past and holds many remnnants of fishing villages and early history of its people. Calusa Indians are thought to have inhabited the island in peace until Ponce De Leon landed on the west side of Pine Island. The Spanish not only fought the Calusas, but introduced diseases from which they had no immunity, wiping them out. An important archaeological dig located in Pineland is thought to have been the center of the Calusa civilization. Maybe grab lunch at The Tarpon Lodge, a historic landmark, and experience its charm and breath-taking environment. The Museum of the Islands is housed in what was once the island’s first (and only) public library, and preserves the past for the next generations of Pine Islanders and visitors.