Former Captiva School - Captiva Island, Florida, USA
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N 26° 31.237 W 082° 11.550
17R E 381183 N 2933893
Quick Description: Former one room schoolhouse serving Captiva Island in Lee County, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2021 4:47:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM1490F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Long Description:
Originally built in 1901 as a one room schoolhouse by the Lee County Board of Public Instruction. Today it serves as the Captiva Chapel-by-the-Sea. William Binder, the first settler to establish a homestead on Captiva, donated the land. As it was the first school on Captiva, students from the island, nearby Sanibel, and Buck Key attended classes here. Area families also used the space as their primary house of worship. A new schoolhouse was erected in 1918 and the Captiva School closed. In 1921, the Methodist Church purchased the building for use as a mission church. A separate minister's study was built in 1926 to replace a structure destroyed by the Great Miami Hurricane. The Captiva Civic Association, by agreement with the Methodist Church, took over operation of the building in 1947. The Methodist Church deeded the property in 1954 to Chapel-by-the-Sea, which manages and operates it as an interdenominational church. The parsonage building was designed by noted architect Leon R. Levy and built in 1965. This 1901 building remains the oldest school house in Lee County on its original site and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Source: Florida Historical Marker.

Old school photo courtesy of Captiva Historical Society.
Original or Re-creation?: Original

Year the school first opened.: 1/1/1901

Year the school closed.: 1/1/1918

Is the schoolhouse still open as a school?: no

11580 Chapin Lane
Captiva, FL USA

Web Address (if available): [Web Link]

Does the school offer 19th century classroom reenactments or day camps?: no

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