Looking Back

  • David Wightman Harvesting Raccoons

    David Wightman is pictured harvesting raccoons on Captiva in 1919. The Wightman family arrived on the islands in 1917.

  • John Morris And Mule-Mail Pick Up

    In this image from the early 1900s, John Morris and his mule picked up mail and passengers from Randall’s Dock on Captiva. Morris was a long time island resident and lived where Jensen’s twin Palm Marina & Cottages is located.

  • Mrs. C.B. Chadwick

    This is image features Mrs. C.B. Chadwick, family and friends near one of their cottages at South Seas Plantation, sometime after 1923.

  • Andy's Dock & Randall's Dock

    This image is Andy's Dock, showing the pilings from Randall's Dock on the left.  Randall's Dock dates back to to the early 1900's, when it was the original Captiva ferry dock.  In the 40's, 50's and 60's Andy's Rosse and his wife, Dessa, ran the dock and colorful waterfront saloon.

  • Andy Rosse's Dock

    This image was painted by Ken Eberts, an artist who was an occassional vistor to the islands and had a passion for antique cars. He painted this watercolor interpretation of Andy Rosse's Dock with a 1923 Ford Model T on the dock.

  • Hattie Brainerd And Island Children

    This is an image, circa early 1900s, of Hattie Brainerd (left) with daughter-in-law Mae Brainerd, and several island children that Hattie perhaps delivered. Hattie Brainerd, who later married Alvin Gore, was the postmistress on Captiva for over 35 years. 

Bridging the Past and the Present