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Pineland Archaeology

Southwest Florida

Florida Public Archaeology Network
Charlotte County
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Charlotte County was established in 1921. It was named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor. "Charlotte" came from "Carlos" or "Calos" (Calusa Indian). In 1565, the Spanish named "Carlos Bay," followed by the English in 1775 who named the area Charlotte Harbor in tribute to the Queen Charlotte Sophia, the wife of King George III Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands Visitor’s Bureau-

Charlotte County Historical Center
Charlotte Harbor - Bayshore Road in Charlotte Harbor.   A museum with a beautiful location on Charlotte Harbor  charlottecountyfl.com/historical/
Blanchard House Museum of African-American History and Culture
Punta Gorda, at 406 Martin Luther King Blvd. - Houses historical information about African American presence in the Charlotte Harbor area; some programs and events take place here.  Exhibits cover political, civic and religious life, founding families, education, and the Civil Rights Movement through vintage photos, newspaper clippings and family heirlooms. The Blanchard House is on the Florida Black Heritage Trail. www.blanchardhousemuseum.org
Alligator Creek Preserve
Punta Gorda - Home to many long and scenic trails along Charlotte Harbor.
Indian Springs Cemetery
Near Punta Gorda and off of Jones Loop Road rootsweb.com/~flcharlo/indhist
Town of Punta Gorda
An unofficial website with interesting history and archival photos    floridahistory.org/westcoastfla/pentagor
Lemon Bay Conservancy
Englewood is the main office - This organization acquires lands for the purpose of protection, all along Charlotte Harbor, and is located in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties; this center focuses mostly on the natural heritage of the southwest coast, but many important archaeological sites also are located, and therefore protected, in its waters.   lemonbayconservancy.org
Southwest Florida Fossil Club
Meets the second Saturday of the month at Edison Community College on Airport Road in Punta Gorda, Room 107 at 7 pm. geocities.com/swfossilclub
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
 The entrance to this park is located along Burnt Store Road, between the Charlotte/Lee county line and US 41
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
This center is related to the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park, and develops educational programs for schools and other groups. Also, a lot of research takes place at this center. (941) 575 5435 checflorida.org/
The Military Heritage & Aviation Museum, Inc
This is the only military/aviation museum on the Gulf coast. There is an extensive display of military artifacts from the Civil War to the present war in Iraq. Veterans often gather here to share stories and arrange meetings. Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. 100 Madrid Blvd., Unit 212 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 941-575-9002 (From I-75 take exit 161. Turn right on Highway 41. Make first left, about 200 feet, onto Madrid Boulevard. Make right into second driveway. The museum is in Building 2, Unit 212, in a shopping center. www.mhaam.org
PG Historic Railroad Depot and Antique Mall-
  1009 Taylor Rd. Punta Gorda 33950 (941) 639-6774
Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society
1530 Suzi St. Punta Gorda 33950 (941) 639-6959
Vernon’s Views
Local historian and Punta Gorda resident Vernon Peeples has a daily feature on WGCU, where he relates information about historic events and trends for a public audience (90.1 in Fort Myers). Recent topics include pirates in southwest Florida (e.g., Gaspar is a fictional character), and how the fort in Fort Myers’ name was established. The website for topics and live listening is http://www.wgcu.org/vernon_shows.asp
Charlotte County Blueway Trails
This web document provides information about places to paddle in Charlotte County. Download this document at:
  Thanks to M. C. Bob Leonard, Professor of History, Hillsborough Community College for information from unofficial websites.
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