Looking Back

  • Bayview Hotel

    The Bayview Hotel, later named Fishermans Lodge, the Captiva Lodge, then Captiva Hotel depending on who the owner was at the time. It was originally built by F.A. Lane in stages from 1911 to 1915. It burned down in 1948.

  • Maybelle Stamper

    This image is Maybelle Stamper with two cats owned by her friends, the Weeks family. Stamper, a modern artist and lithographer lived and worked on Captiva Island for more than 50 years.

  • June Rosse

    This photo is June Rosse, daughter of Andy and Dessa Rosse. The photo is part of the Rosse family collection, gifted to the Captiva island Historical Society.
     

  • The Dixie Steamer

    This image features The Dixie Steamer, a ship that frequently visited Captiva with mail, frieght and passengers, docking at Randall's Dock.

  • Gore Hotel-Early 1900s

    This image features The Gore Hotel with the Post Office addition in the front, circa early 1900s. Mrs. Fayrum is pictured the first in line. This was the Gore residence on Captiva. Owners Alvin and Hattie Gore ran a tourist camp there called Camp Gore. Hattie Gore was Captiva's second postmistress. Gore Lane is thought to be named after them.

  • The Iconic Mailboat 'Santiva'

    The mailboat 'Santiva' docked at the old post office landing at the Gore hotel, pre 1940. The Gore Hotel was located on the property that eventually became Timmy's Nook, now the Green Flash Restaurant. The Captiva Island Historical Society's History Gallery, located in the Captiva Memorial Library, is a replica of the iconic mailboat.  

Bridging the Past and the Present