BY KAREN GRACE AND THE BOCA GRANDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
While still in production, Island Icons: Places and People, the Boca Grande Historical Society’s virtual tour of homes and other historic places as well as stories of several historic persons, will soon be available for viewing.
The playlist will include segments on the history of seven locations and will be available to ticket holders for a four-week period, allowing the program to be watched at the viewer’s leisure.
Tickets for the presentation are available at $30 for Historical Society members or $50 for non-members on the Historical Society website, bocagrandehistoricalsociety.com, or by calling the History Center at 964-1600.
When the production is complete, ticket holders will be notified via email and will receive a private link to the program for use any time – or for multiple times.
Viewers will be able visit the Crowninshield pool and former stable. One of the several buildings on the original Crowninshield property, it is now owned by Sue Sligar, who has turned the stable into a lovely home while preserving some of the details of its former use.
In the video, she also will share her process of research with a consultant who supervised the restoration of the Ca D Zan in Sarasota. In addition, Davis Hammond, the Crowninshield’s great nephew, will remember his early life on the island.
In other segments, Jim Grace, former owner of the Temptation Restaurant, will tell how Deo du Pont Weymouth created the Temptation’s murals, along with early history of the Temp’s bar and the Caribbean Room.
Betsy Fugate Joiner will share stories about the many island families who occupied Whitewash Alley and the day the house she lived in for many years was moved from its original location on Park Avenue to Tarpon Avenue.
Viewers will also learn about the Red Gill Fishhouse at Whidden’s Marina and how Sam Whidden created this family business. Hint: He didn’t use nails. Pauline Lord will provide a look into Henry Francis du Pont family’s life in Boca Grande and his passion for shells.
In the final segment, Robert Johnson will show off the Quarantine House and its location in historic Port Boca Grande and talk about his life as a port pilot.
Sponsors of the event are Ginny and Peter Nicholas, Safety Harbor Builders, Elsa and Peter Soderberg, Hebe and John Murphy, Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s, Whitty Ransome and Tom Wilcox, Pam and Bob Heilman, Pauline Lord and David Harlow, Gina and Marty McFadden. Many thanks to Rick Montgomery of Island TV for his hard work and volunteer hours it took to put this program together.
PHOTO INFO: Henry Francis du Pont, his wife Ruth and daughters, Pauline and Ruth Ellen. Louise du Pont Crowninshield. Photos submitted by the Boca GrandeHistorial Society