Mound House Opens

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With great fanfare the Mound House Museum opened to the public last weekend. A ribbon-cutting held on Friday night with past and present Fort Myers Beach Town Council members plus members of the Cultural and Environmental Learning Center Advisory Board and many who have worked on the project or have ties to the property allowed a first look inside the newly refurbished home turned Museum.

Betty Meyer and her son Mark Meyer came from the Chicago area to see what the property had become. Betty served as the executrix of the Florence Long Trust for many years, ushering it through 7 years of litigation. William and Florence Long purchased the house in 1951 and were the last family to live in the house. William developed the Shell Mound subdivision and after his death in 1966, Florence lived there until she passed away in 1994. The Town purchased the property from the Long Trust in 2000.

Betty Meyer (right), executrix of the Long Trust, last owner of the Mound House prior to the Town of Fort Myers Beach, enjoys the Grand Opening along with her son Mark Meyer (left) and Ceel Spuhler (center).
Betty Meyer (right), executrix of the Long Trust, last owner of the Mound House prior to the Town of Fort Myers Beach, enjoys the Grand Opening along with her son Mark Meyer (left) and Ceel Spuhler (center).

Bill Grace, the great grandson of W.H. Case, the builder of the first “modern” building on the site in 1906, attended the Grand Opening also and gave a brief history of the property, acknowledging the length of time taken to realize the renovation.

“Anything that’s worth while, takes a while.”

The Mound House is now open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through December. During January-April hours will expand to include Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm. The grounds are open to all at no charge. Tickets to the Mound House are $10 for ages 13 and up; $5 for ages 6-12, with ages 5 and under free. Tickets for Fort Myers Beach residents are 50% off with proof of residence (license, utility or tax bill). For more information call 239-765-0865.

A grateful crowd of attendees enjoys the Mound House in the afternoon light last Friday.
A grateful crowd of attendees enjoys the Mound House in the afternoon light last Friday.