Marco Island Historical Museum
180 South Heathwood Drive
The Marco Island Historical Museum consists of three buildings: the main museum, an administration building, and the Rose History Auditorium for meetings and presentations. The complex is constructed on an artificial shell mound with native plants around it. On the top of the shell mound is a lagoon with a bridge and chickee hut. The buildings have thatch roofs and a faux tabby mortar. The museum has rooms devoted to the Native American Calusa Indian culture, the early pioneers of the Island, and the modern development. The Marco Island Historical Museum is part of the Collier County Museums’ system and is open to the public. www.mihs.org
In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28-page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map.
Historic Designation Process: the designation of specific sites, structures, buildings, districts and properties may be initiated by the Preservation Board or the property owner. Consideration of the Preservation Board’s findings and recommendations, and upon the consideration of the criteria and guidelines contained in the Land Development Code, the Board of County Commissioners either approves or denies the petition. The Board of County Commissioners has designated many of the sites and structures as locally significant.
For more information go to www.colliergov.net and click on Historic Archaeological & Preservation Board under Advisory Boards. Also see www.napleshistoricalsociety.org (Naples); www.themihs.com (Marco/Goodland); www.evergladeshistorical.org (Everglades City); and www.colliermuseums.com (Collier County).