Step back and time and enjoy one of Fort Myers Beach’s top attractions, Mound House. The cultural and environmental landmark.
Located just two miles from your Fort Myers Beach accommodations at Lighthouse Island Resort, visit the historic site, first inhabited by the Calusa tribe over two thousand years ago.
At the time, the native Calusa’s dominated much of South Florida and were known seamen and sailors. Also, as skilled engineers, they created water courts with terraced mounds to protect their settlements from rising tides and natural disasters such as hurricanes. One of these structures is located right here on Fort Myers Beach and is located where the historic home and property of Mound House rests.
The Mound House site houses a historic residence dating back to 1898, making it the oldest remaining structure on Fort Myers Beach. Once used as a private residence, than a post office, an R&R facility for the military during World War II and community center, the building was purchased by the Town of Fort Myers Beach in 1995 to save the structure from development.
In the 1950s, the owners of the home began construction on an in-ground swimming pool revealed that the property was built on top of what was soon discovered to be an ancient Calusa Shell mound. The pool was transformed into a unique “underground museum” that allows visitors to get up close and personal with the layers of history resting under their feet.
Along with the shell mound exhibit, ancient artifacts and a museum are available for all guests who would like to delve deep into the history of the Calusa Indians on Fort Myers Beach.
The Mound House offers two tours available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
SHELL MOUND TOUR: This program contains in depth information on the archaeological investigations conducted on site for over a decade. Mound House interpretive staff educates participants through a variety of interactive and engaging activities about the Calusa Indians and their culture. Immerse yourself inside a 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound and explore the archaeology of the Calusa. Adults $15, Students $13, Ages 6 to 12 $10 and 5 and under are free. (MH Members free) Museum admission included.
GUIDED TOUR: Join Mound House interpreters to explore the history of this unique historical and archaeological treasure. Learn about the Calusa Indians and the Early Settlers as you explore the gardens of the Mound House. Adults $15, Students $13, Ages 6 to 12 $10 and 5 and under are free. (MH Members free) Museum admission included.
For more information, visit www.moundhouse.orgopens in a new window or call 239-765-0865.