Everglades City has over 50 historic buildings, and a few of these will open their doors to visitors on March 10 at the Third Annual Everglades Homes Tour. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation (ESHP) is again sponsoring the event from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
Cost of seeing some of the oldest homes and buildings in Collier County is only $20 per person. The price includes a souvenir booklet with a map, pictures, and historical information. Registration for those without advanced tickets will be in McLeod Park, across the street from City Hall, right on the circle in the center of this Olde Florida town.
“Over 200 people showed up to tour homeslast year, and new places will be open for viewing this year,” said Jean Shultz, organizer of the event. Once visitors obtain their souvenir ticket booklets, they are free to wander the streets and tour the open buildings. Volunteer docents will be working at each location to provide additional information. This year ESHP plans to use the money raised at the tour for signage to enhance the unique character of the city.
On the same day, Art-in-the-Glades, a showcase for local artists to sell their crafts, will feature live music and refreshments in McLeod Park from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Come early to savor the relaxed atmosphere of this rural outpost and purchaseyour tickets, if you do not already have them. When you book on-line or send in a reservation form with check, your ticket booklets will be posted to you so you can start visiting the buildings right away when you arrive.
For more info, see the organizer’s website at www.evergladeshistorical.org or phone Jane at 239-695-0333 or Marya at 239-695-2905. Everglades City is easy to reach. From I-75 (Alligator Alley), take Exit 80 south on SR-29. After 20 miles, you will cross US-41 (Tamiami Trail) and continue another four miles to the circle. McLeod Park is to the left of City Hall. Or, take US-41 from Naples or Marco to the corner of SR-29 and proceed south into Everglades City.