Punta Gorda is the new pictorial history book from local authors Ann M. O'Phelan and Scot Shively. Using historic images and accounts, O’Phelan and Shively of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture along with the Punta Gorda Historical Society recreate the fascinating early years of Punta Gorda.
Punta Gorda is a historic waterfront town located in Southwest Florida where the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor meet on the Gulf of Mexico. The area was first occupied by Native Americans and later discovered in the 1500s by Ponce de Leon while searching for the Fountain of Youth. However, it was not until the late 19th century when cattle ranchers and homesteaders descended upon the area that things began to develop. Punta Gorda has grown since its inception but still maintains its Southern charm.
The authors “hope the book accurately documents and illustrates the rich history and determined people who built Punta Gorda.”
Highlights of Punta Gorda:
• A portion of the profits from the book is being donated to the Punta Gorda Historical Society and The Blanchard House Museum of African-American History and Culture
• Among the town’s early pioneers were George Brown, Albert Waller Gilchrist and Robert Meacham
• The book highlights many of the original historic houses and buildings that were later destroyed by Hurricane Charley
The book is dedicated to the late Bernice Andrews Russell. Mrs. Russell was the historian for the local African American community and began collecting photos and preserving memories from her community over 40 years ago.
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