A bit of Sanibel Island history

This morning my bike took me to the Sanibel Island Museum & Village. Composed of eight authentic restored buildings, the village is well worth a visit if you are interested in the history of the island between 1880 and the 1940s. I opted out the guided tour, choosing instead to sketch Bailey’s General Store (mostly because of the gas pumps out front) but I did overhear tidbits from many docents leading tours past my sketching bench. The building I sketched was the “new” store, constructed in 1927 after the old store was destroyed in a hurricane. In 1966 a bigger store was opened in a new location, and you can still shop there today.


17 Comments on “A bit of Sanibel Island history”

  1. Alison says:

    I get a great sense of the place. And a feeling that the sketcher is having a very relaxing vacation.

  2. Tell me about that sketchbook, please.

  3. Ann Simons says:

    Sanibel was our “go to” place for long weekends when we lived in Miami. I have enjoyed your posts from this trip. Thanks!

  4. Judy Sopher says:

    You really make the place interesting-as well as warm.( It is going up to 16 today .Good news it is above zero , not the other way)

    I had never heard of Sanibel Island before. Would love to bicycle around . And I also love this store and your shadows.

  5. bremacg says:

    One of my favorite places! Enjoy!

  6. That building communicates a feeling of joy which your painting echoes.


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