Charlotte County Historical Center
Approved Heritage Landmarks for Charlotte County Historical Markers
The following historical places have been approved for Charlotte County Historical Markers, and so they are now recognized as Charlotte County Heritage Landmarks. Heritage Landmark Virtual Tour
- Charlotte County Courthouse
- Placida Bunk House
- Howard Homestead/Solana Plat
- Bass Biological Labs/Cookie House
- Site of Hotel Punta Gorda
- The Punta Gorda Bank
- First Punta Gorda Home Site
- Trinity United Methodist Church
- Charlotte Harbor Cemetery
- Hickory Bluff Pioneers
- Indian Spring Cemetery
- The Cookie House
- Myakka River Civil War Skirmish
About the Historical Marker Program
The Charlotte County Historical Marker Program recognizes historic resources, persons and events that are significant in the areas of architecture, archaeology, Charlotte County history and traditional culture by promoting the placing of historical markers and plaques at sites of historic and visual interest to visitors. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the county, to encourage historic preservation and to enhance the enjoyment of local historic sites by its citizens and tourists.
Heritage Landmark Criteria
To be recognized as a Charlotte County Heritage Landmark, a resource must meet the following criteria:
- building, structure or site
- at least 50 years old
- significance in the areas of architecture, archaeology, local history or traditional culture OR associated with a significant event that took place at least 50 years ago
- be associated with a significant person may qualify 50 years after their death OR 50 years after the event with which they are associated
- visibly retain physical characteristics present during the period for which it or the associated person or event is significant
- A moved building or structure may qualify if the move was 50+ years ago OR it was moved to preserve it from demolition and reasonable attempts were made to assure the new setting is similar to the setting
- In certain cases, resources that are less than 50 years old but historically significant at the statewide or national level may qualify as a Charlotte County Heritage Landmark.
The Historical Markers for the Charlotte County Heritage Landmarks shall be approved by the Historical Advisory Committee, with recommendations from the Historical Markers Subcommittee, for both the Standard Charlotte County Historical Marker and the Interpretive Charlotte County Historical Marker. The designs shall provide consistency in size, shape, material, background colors, lettering colors and the county logo on each of the two types of markers:
Standard Charlotte County Historical Marker
- the principal marker to recognize a Charlotte County Heritage Landmark site
- design: cast aluminum material with pine green enamel background and raised relief cream-colored enamel letters, with the Charlotte County seal in a top crest, approximately 33” high by 43” wide, set on a 7’ extruded aluminum post
- price $2,500
Interpretive Charlotte County Historical Marker
- supplemental to the Standard Marker with further information, graphics, photographs
- design and price to be determined
Guidelines for Writing Text
- The first sentence of the Marker Text should state what the marker is commemorating.
- If a person is mentioned in the text, include the county historical significance of the person and the years of birth and death.
- Use full names.
- If a war or battle is mentioned in the text, include the dates. For example, Civil War (1861-1865)
- Check with the Library of Congress for universal use of terms and subject headings.
- Use a small letter c for circa. For example, c.1921
- List dates in chronological order.
- Check grammar and punctuation.
- Keep text at a 5th grade reading level.
Marker Approval Process
Applications shall be submitted on the adopted form to the Historical Advisory Committee through the Historical Center Division staff, who will review them for completeness. The Historical Markers Subcommittee shall review each complete Application for historical accuracy and merit, in compliance with the adopted Criteria, then make its recommendation for approval or disapproval to the Historical Advisory Committee at a regular meeting. The approval of each complete Application shall be decided by a majority vote of the Historical Advisory Committee members in attendance.
The Historical Advisory Committee may review and vote to adjust the established cost and marker awards from time to time, to reflect the actual market costs of manufacturing and installing the Charlotte County Historical Markers.
The established cost of each Charlotte County Historical Marker shall be paid by the applicant after it is approved and before it is manufactured, unless a Marker Award is approved. The cost of manufacture and installation is established at:
- Standard Charlotte County Historical Marker $2500
- Interpretive Charlotte County Historical Marker $1500
The Charlotte County Historical Center will provide detailed information about eligibility requirements and application and review procedures for the county marker program. Requests for information may be made by writing to the Charlotte County Historical Center, Grace Street Annex, 514 East Grace St. Punta Gorda, FL 33950, by telephone at 941.629.7278, or download an application. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, plus 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Historical Advisory Committee advises the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners on historical matters and approves Applications for Charlotte County Historical Markers. Meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Charlotte County Historical Center.