The Punta Gorda History Park is located at 501 Shreve Street along the developing Linear Park. I will post this seperately because the History Park really merits a slow stroll looking at all that is available there.
The Punta Gorda Historical Society maintains the park and uses it to preserve and restore old buildings. At present, there are four. The Trabue Land Sales Office, the Cigar Cottage, the Price House and the Quednau-Hindman House currently going under renovation. There is also the old strap iron Calaboose but that isn’t really a building.
The park also includes plenty of horticultural interest. There are almost 100 different hibiscus plants to honor Harry Goulding, a local hybridizer with a global reputation.
As you enter the park you will see the fountain from the old Punta Gorda Hotel as a centerpiece in the walkway. The building in the picture on the left is the Cigar Cottage. The Trabue Land Office and Quednau-Hindman house on the right.
The Trabue Land Office is used as an Arts and Crafts gallery for local artists. If it’s open stop in and have a look. If you are interested in the horticultural features of the park or the wildlife inhabitants, that’s a good place to ask if things aren’t too busy.
As you walk further down the path you will find the Price House and to the left of it, the old Calaboose.
The garden beds throughout the park contain almost 100 varieties of Hibiscus and are called the Harry Goulding Memorial Garden after the pioneer hybridizer who lived in town.
The vacant lot next to the history park at the corner of Shreve and Henry is not a part of the park. It is however home to a pretty wide variety of birds including a pair of Great Horned Owls who have used the old Eagle’s Nest for breeding for the last few years. Right now, the female is brooding on her eggs.
So, if you have the time, spend some at the history park. You will enjoy it.