Walter Hagen teeing off at the Gasparilla Inn Golf Course 1918.
Boca Grande has a rich history, and it is most enjoyable when seen through the eyes of those who’ve lived it. Here are some oral histories of Boca Grande as told by some of our local characters. We will be adding new stories to this page regularly. Please check back often!
The Good Old Days by Peter Ffolliott
They Is “Us” by Charles F. Blanchard
Legend of Gasparilla the Pirate by André‑Marcel d’Ans
Triumph of Ice Over Salt by Theodore B. VanItallie
Aboriginal Occupation of Gasparilla Island by Robert F. Edic
Ancient Gifts from the Sea by Robin C. Brown
I Wish by Sarah Helen Pouncey Peach