Island Icons: Places and People – Historic Tour
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The entire tour is now available for $50 or choose one or more individual segments for $10 per segment.
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Island Icon Segments
381 Tarpon – Whitewash Alley Home to Six Generations features Betsy Fugate Joiner who lived in the house for 30 years and tells how, once located on Park Avenue where the clinic is today, the house was moved to its present location on Tarpon Street. Her story also includes information on the various families who lived in the house, the changes that have been made to it over the years and how she was given the house by the Clinic.
111 Gilchrist – Crowninshield Pool and Stable in which Sue Sligar, the current owner, relates the property’s history including how it was built of bricks that were fabricated on the beach and how she is working with engineers and conservationists to preserve the property’s walls. Sue describes how the horse stables have become a lovely home and tells tales of the Crowninshields and the Corsinis, two families who owned the property.
140 Gilchrist – Stories of the Crowninshields from a family member, Davis Hammond, who spent many vacations visiting his Uncle Frank and Aunt Louise Crowinshield and who continues to own one of the several Crowninshield cottages. Davis talks of picnicking with his aunt on Little Gasparilla, shrimping from the old phosphate docks after dark and by arriving by private plane and landing in what is now Boca Bay.
First Street – Whidden’s Marina and the Maritime Museum. Betsy Fugate Joiner and William Woodroofe tell the history of Whidden’s and how its original owner/builder erected the building using bolts rather than nails. First called the Red Gill Fishhouse, the Maritime Museum is now housed in the original part of the building and continues to celebrate the marina’s heritage with artifacts and stories of the Island’s fishing history.
350 Park – The Temptation’s Murals and History. Jim Grace, former owner of the Temptation, takes a tour of the Temptation including the murals painted by Deo du Pont Weymouth who enticed her friends to come to the restaurant by telling them she’d painted their portraits there. He also relates the significance of many of the pictures in the bar as well as the history of Caribbean Room as the once “black” dining room on the Island.
231 Gilchrist – Stories of the du Pont Family. Pauline Lord, a granddaughter of Henry Francis and Ruth Wales du Pont, tells tales of her family in Boca Grande including the three railway cars it took to move them and their entourage to the Island each season, the “promptly at noon” lunches and the formal dinners and entertainment that took place in her grandparents’ house. And she includes a charming love story about her mother.
Belcher Road – The Quarantine House and the Johnson Family. Robert Johnson shows off his home built in 1892 and tells how his family of port pilots contributed to the operations of the phosphate port through its entire existence. The history of the port is key to the development of Boca Grande and Robert’s first-hand recounting of what it meant to be a pilot on large ocean-going ships is island storytelling at its best. The views of the house are beautiful.
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Island Icons: Places and People was produced by the Boca Grande Historical Society and filmed by Rick Montgomery of Island TV.
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Pauline Lord & David Harlow
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