Location Map


Pineland, Pine Island Archaeology

Florida Public Archaeology Network
  Lee County               Page 1 of 6

Alva, Inc

Alva is the oldest settlement in Lee County. It was named after a small white flower that some of the first settlers in this area observed growing near the Caloosahatchee River.  Today, some citizens of Alva are opposed to proposed plans to widen CR 78 and change the rural character of the area. High density developments also are proposed for this area, and discussions are ongoing (This website is unofficial but reflects the views of some Alva residents who hold monthly meetings at the Alva Community Center:)

State Park
Home to many historic buildings and gardens related to use of the area by the Koreshan religious society, now managed by a group called the Koreshan Unity Alliance, in coordination with the Lee County Historic Preservation   floridastateparks.org/koreshan/
Lovers Key
State Park
Fort Myers Beach; There are no known archaeological sites on this site, and much of it has been filled in recently to allow for visitation from the public.     floridastateparks.org/loverskey/default
Cayo Costa
State Park
A shell mound is clearly visible north of the campsite area, off the main trail. No signs interpret this feature, and it is quite covered with vegetation.    
Great Calusa Blueway
Paddling trails and maps. An annual festival takes place which highlights all of the sites along the trail (including the Calusa Heritage Trail, which is near my office and managed by the Randell Research Center). Trail maps and suggested stops are found online.   greatcalusablueway.com/
Ding Darling National
Wildlife Refuge
Sanibel - Some shell mounds are visible on the trail but they are not maintained, and vegetation is thick, so they are difficult to see. Guided tours of the trail are not available. However, a nice timeline in the visitors center provides some context for the history of Sanibel Island.   fws.gov/dingdarling/
Boca Grande Historical Society
Boca Grande   bocagrandehistoricalsociety.com/
Randell Research Center
Pineland -Home to the Calusa Heritage Trail, which extends through an ancient archaeological site on Pine Island Sound. The site boasts an interpretive trail and numerous shell mounds. A canal excavated by hand prior to Spanish contact also can be seen here, although it is no longer navigable. A gift shop, restrooms, and several picnic areas also are available. A recently completed classroom building complete with chairs and AV equipment also is at the site, and several programs for the public have already taken place. This classroom also is where many guided tours begin, and some artifacts and replicas often are on informal display.   flmnh.ufl.edu/rrc/
Calusa Land Trust
This group focuses on acquiring lands for conservation all over Pine Island. They have monthly meetings at Pine Island Center, and also make an effort to manage all acquired lands, by keeping after vegetation and monitoring landscape changes.  This group is also active in speaking to county commissioners, in favor of signage that will attract visitors to Pine Island’s conserved lands.   calusalandtrust.org/
Sanibel and Captiva
floridahistory.org/westcoastfla/sanibel  An unofficial website with information about historic landmarks on both islands. 
Fort Myers Historical Museum
Fort Myers, at 200 Peck Street; city supported museum showcasing the history of the area; traveling exhibits also are featured.  cityftmyers.com/museum/index
  Thanks to M. C. Bob Leonard, Professor of History, Hillsborough Community College for information from unofficial websites.
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