Charlotte County Historical Center (CCHC)

Grace Street Annex, 514 East Grace St. Punta Gorda, FL 33950
941.629.PAST (7278)

Upcoming Events, Exhibits and Programs

Interested in ‘bringing history to life’? Then join the CCHC Docents in their Living History programs. Meetings are held monthly. Contact CCHC at 941.629.PAST (7278) for more information!

Charlotte County Historical Center (museum) currently closed to public

Permanent Exhibits

Permanent Exhibits are curated displays featuring original artifacts and archives from Charlotte County's history. These long term exhibits are refreshed with new items and information on an ongoing basis.
Admission: $2 adults; $1 children under 12; includes all current changing & permanent exhibits.
Open to the Public: Tuesday - Friday 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Charlotte County: Telling Our Story
This is the permanent exhibit which explores the full spectrum of Charlotte County and Florida history in several galleries, telling the rich stories of people living here from ancient times through the post-WWII development boom. Explore our natural history, our early inhabitants, fishing and boating, early explorers, pioneers and settlers, and more. After the hurricanes of 2004, we remodeled these galleries, and we continue to refresh the exhibit with additional historical artifacts every year.

Heritage Oil Paintings by Betty Reese
Betty Reese Painting Fascinating oil paintings of historical buildings county-wide are now a part of our permanent exhibit at the CCHC. Some of the structures depicted still exist, and others are gone forever. Port Charlotte artist Betty Reese researches each one, then makes it come alive again. She has generously donated all of these original paintings to the County collections.

Bicentennial Time Capsule
During the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, a time capsule was set in place at the old Memorial Auditorium in Punta Gorda, to be re-opened after 100 years. The Auditorium building was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Charley, but before it was demolished in 2005 we removed the capsule’s two large cylinders from their sand-filled vault for safe keeping. The Bicentennial Time Capsule is on exhibit at the CCHC, and a special place will be provided for it in a future exhibit being planned for the historic Charlotte County Courthouse.

Shopping in Charlotte County
shoppingFrom trading posts and peddlers, to neighborhood general stores and 20th century shopping plazas, local retail business has changed greatly over the years. Alongside the CCHC’s Live Oak Emporium (museum gift shop) is the Shopping in Charlotte County permanent exhibit, with dozens of artifacts on display from the County historical collections. Did you live here when ladies had to travel all the way to Fort Myers to buy a fancy dress? Historical photographs from the late U. S. Cleveland and the former Charlotte Harbor Area Historical Society complete the picture.