What’s upstairs? Visitors to Everglades City have probably seen the old Bank Building and might even have taken a peek inside if someone was working there.
Now there is a chance to explore the whole historic edifice on Saturday, Oct. 30, when the owners are offering an Exclusive Tour. It will be a gala occasion on Halloween weekend and limited to only ten people.
The event starts at 11:30 a.m. in the famous Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City with drinks and an illustrated history lecture. That is followed by lunch on the screened porch overlooking the Barron River. Participants then wander over to the Bank and are guided through the Building by a member of the Everglades Society of Historic Preservation (ESHP) who were generously gifted the Building and are renovating it for posterity. The Society is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit so some of the $150 fee is tax-deductible.
Included in the Tour are souvenirs to make it a day to remember: a limited-edition print of the Building by artist Donald Sunshine, a personally-signed copy of the new “Brief History” book by author Marya Repko, and a colorful Everglades City tote bag containing more goodies.
To round off your historical adventure, meander across Broadway to the Museum of the Everglades and learn more about the background of this unique area, once the seat of Collier County.
You can book places on the Exclusive Tour at the ESHP special website www.SaveBOE.com. For information, phone Marya at (239) 695-2905.