Even though you’re on vacation, you just might learn a thing or two during your next visit to the island!
Highlighting the history of Sanibel, the new Sanibel Heritage Trail was unveiled recently. Touted as an “outdoor museum” of sorts, the Heritage Trail consists of 22 educational panels located throughout the island.
While visitors can learn much of island’s early history at the Sanibel Historical Museum, the new panels address topics of Sanibel’s history left unspoken for, including: agriculture, architecture, causeway, commerce, community, conservation, education, environment, fishing, governance, hospitality, navigation, pioneers, preservation, racial integration, recreation, wildlife and worship.
There’s no order or sequence to the panels, so visitors can start the trail wherever they’d like. While the majority of the project is done, one part still under construction — a smartphone app that will serve as a digital map guide to the trail — is expected to be ready in a few months.
The Heritage Trail took about 3 1/2 years to complete, and coordinators strongly encourage the public to stop and take a look, and perhaps learn something new along the way.