Looking Back

The CIHS has more than 10,000 digitally archived items on our website, including:  family letters, newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, and audio recordings.

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  • Hattie Brainard And Island Children

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

  • Herbert & Hattie Brainard

    This photo is Herbert and Hattie Brainard by a shell fountain near the Gore Hotel on Captiva. The post office was located at the front of the hotel, and Hattie was the second postmistress on Captiva.

  • Elias Knight Carter Home

    This image is the Elias Knight Carter home on Captiva, location unknown. Elias Carter was a descendent of George Washington Carter, one of the first homesteaders on Captiva. The Carters farmed land on the north end of Captiva from 1898 to the early 1900s, property that is now the site of South Seas Island Resort.

  • George Washington Carter & Elizabeth Carter

    This is an image of George Washington Carter and Elizabeth Carter. He was a Civil War veteran from Georgia and one of the first homesteaders on Captiva. They had five children, and primarily fished for a living. In addition, they planted vegetables and a grapefruit grove on their 160 acres at the north end of Captiva.

  • Bayview Hotel On Captiva

    This photo features the Bayview Hotel, circa 1911, later named Fishermans Lodge, the Captiva Lodge, then Captiva Hotel, It was built by F.A. Lane in stages from 1911 to 1915. It burned down in 1948.

  • Early Tarpon Fishing on Captiva

    This image features "Buzz" (F. Bowman) Price, his daughter, Dorothy Price (Dotty Wakefield) and Captain Stran after catching a huge tarpon in the early 1900's.  Price and his wife, Grace, established 'Tween Waters Inn in 1931.  Captain Stran was a resident fishing guide on the island. His wife, Clara Stran, owned a gift shop on Captiva.

Bridging the Past and the Present