Welcome to the official website of

LABELLE HERITAGE MUSEUM INC.

We hope this website will help you get familiar with the museum and find all the information you need to plan your visit.

 

The membership meeting is held at the LaBelle Heritage Museum (360 N. Bridge St) on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. Come early or stay late to converse with others who are interested in the history of the City of LaBelle and surrounding areas.

 

We have a very interesting fossil exhibit. The artifacts on display are all from the local area around LaBelle.

 

Our files contain information and pictures about local families that can't be found any place else.  We also have many decades of old newspapers from which you can find information about LaBelle and the surrounding area.

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Watercolor painting by local artist Boots Spencer of the William Hardy Poole Store built in 1911 when it was used as the O'Ferrell Honey House .  Now the proud home of the Museum. The painting shows the structure prior to the addition of the raised ground floor porch & access ramp added in the early 1990's.

Poole StorePoole StoreFrom the collection of the LaBelle Heritage Museum,Inc

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OLD TIMERS DINNER

Feb. 22nd starting at 5pm, dinner served at 6pm

The 23rd Annual Old Timers Dinner and fundraiser for the LaBelle Heritage Museum with live and silent auction and 50/50 raffle. .

A Special Time for "old-timers", full-time residents, snowbirds & everyone interested in great food and a grand evening with friends & new acquaintances. Featuring this years Pioneer Family of Ramon Rodriguez, Sr. and the Swamp Cabbage Festival Grand Marshall Margaret England.

   Come help support the LaBelle Heritage Museum and have a wonderful evening!

Reserved seating   Tickets: $25.00 per person  Online ticket sales end Feb. 19th

ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE ENDED

PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR

LaBelle Civic Center

481 W. Hickpochee Ave

(behind the LaBelle City Hall)

Doors open at 5pm...Dinner served at 6pm

 

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Caloosahatchee River Excursions

Caloosahatchee River ExcursionsCaloosahatchee River Excursions

February 24th & 25th  in conjunction with the Swamp Cabbage Festival

 Take a scenic & informative cruise on the Caloosahatchee River.

   Captain John C. Cookman will pilot "M/V River Queen", his eco-friendly pontoon tour boat, on an almost two hour cruise. Get an up close view of the beauty of the current river & see some of the original portions of the river as well; all while learning many new & informative things about the river and surrounding area from your tour guides.

Excursions leave from the LaBelle Wharf in Barron Park at Bridge St & Park Ave. four times each day.

Advance Tickets are $30.00 per Adult. 

The 8:30am Early Bird trip offers Youth tickets: $15.00each ( 15years & younger and must be accompanied by at least one adult).

Please purchase your tickets early! Tickets may not be available the day of the event. Arrive 1/2 hour prior to trip departure to sign-in & receive your boarding pass.

Please choose the trip and purchase your tickets via the Eventbrite.com website using the direct links below:

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 8:30am Saturday & Sunday: "Early Birds & Fossils" with Scott Perry

   This trip will feature: Scott Perry...LaBelle's own inveterate paleontologist who studied at FSU, is the founder and director of the LaBelle Summer Fossil Camp where youths 8-15 years old learn first hand digging for fossils at sites along the Caloosahatchee. Scott will share his knowledge of the many forms of life that once inhabitied the Caloosahatchee & the surrounding area.  Many unique & interesting fossils have been found in our local area!!!

Youth Tickets available on this trip only. 15yrs & younger must be accompanied by at least one adult.

GET YOUR 8:30am "Early Birds & Fossils" TICKETS HERE

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11:00am Saturday: "Story Tellers- Calusa Indians" with Scott Perry

    This cruise will feature Scott Perry, avid amateur archaeologist and fossil collector relating tales learned in his advanced archaeology classes at Florida State University about the pre-Columbian Calusas, South Florida’s  paramount residents at the time of the earliest Spanish explorations of  the peninsula during the 1500s..

GET YOUR 11:00am "Story Tellers" with Scott Perry TICKETS HERE

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11:00am Sunday: "Story Tellers" with Rachel Kangas

    Rachel Kangas, Florida Public Archaeology Network, will be the guide for our 11 a.m. Sunday cruise, and she will share FPAN’s information on the Calusas, whom the 16th Century Spanish explorers considered giants as their average height was probably close to 5 ft. 10 inches --- at least a head taller than the average Spanish male of that era.

GET YOUR 11:00am "Story Tellers" with Rachel Kangas  TICKETS HERE

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1:30pm Saturday & Sunday: " History & Myth" with Joe Thomas or Amy Bennett Williams

   ON SATURDAY:   This trip will feature Joe Thomas... LaBelle Heritage Museum's current President and local historian who received his degrees in History from the University of Florida, as he shares his knowledge and love of the Caloosahatchee that began when he first saw the river as a 10 year old & has continued to this day. He will share his knowledge of both the facts and myths that have arisen about the Caloosahatchee over the years. You might even get him to tell you a few good stories, as well as answer your questions about the river and it's folklore.

   ON SUNDAY:   This cruise will feature Amy Bennett Williams, author of "Along the Caloosahatchee" and Ft. Myers News- Press feature writer and contributor to Sunday's "Tropicalia" magazine, joined by LaBelle Heritage Museums own Joe Thomas, former Florida History Professor at FSW State College sharing, their love and knowledge of the Caloosahatchee and many of the myths connected to the waterway. Both Williams and Thomas have been guides on these excursions in the past but this marks their first venture as joint presenters

GET YOUR 1:30pm:  History & Myth" with Joe Thomas or Amy Bennett Williams TICKETS HERE

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4:00pm Saturday & Sunday: "Birds Roosting at Sunset" with Margaret England and Scott Cooper

   This trip will feature Margaret England, award winning president of the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society and the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Festival Grand Marshall recognizing her contributions to the community. She will be joined by Scott Cooper, a Hendry County educator, enviromentalist and ecologist who is a regular tour guide at Lee County's Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and also a regular guide on our annual Caloosahatchee River Excursions. Margaret & Scott are pleased they were asked to become a team this year, and each believes the other will complement them to produce even better tours than when they were single presenters.

GET YOUR 4:00pm: "Birds Roosting at Sunset" with Margaret England and Scott Cooper TICKETS HERE

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Our March 14th Speaker Program will feature Andrew Frank, Ph.D.

 It will be at 7pm in the Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center

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Looking for something Fun to do in Historic Downtown LaBelle ?  Come join us and enjoy the music, shop  the vendor booths, meet and greet your friends & neighbors at

SWAMP CABBAGE FESTIVAL

Feb.24th & 25th in Barron Park, LaBelle, Fl.

 

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