Leadership Marco gets a history lesson

Leadership Marco Class of 2013 at the former home site of Captain John F. Horr, Horr’s Island (Key Marco).  Photo submitted by Austin J. Bell, Curator of Collections, Marco Island Historical Society.

Photo by Austin Bell, 2011 Austin Bell

Leadership Marco Class of 2013 at the former home site of Captain John F. Horr, Horr’s Island (Key Marco). Photo submitted by Austin J. Bell, Curator of Collections, Marco Island Historical Society.

[Editor’s note: T.J. Boone is manager of the Marco Eagle. He is also a participant in this year’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership class.]

Chaired by Erik Condee and Joe Irvin, the Leadership Marco Class of 2013 began their third session at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Craig Woodward, attorney at Woodword, Pires & Lombardo, shared his extensive knowledge of Marco Island history dating back to the Calusa who were the earliest known inhibitors.

The class boarded a Classic Transportation bus and traveled to various historical sites around the Island. Otter Mound Preserve (Addison Ct., Marco) proved to be a hidden gem that few in the class were aware existed. Gumbo Limbo trees and Strangler Figs adorned the shell mound formed by the native Calusa.

Indian Hill, the highest elevation point in southwest Florida (53 ft.), presented incredible views of the shoreline and the former site of Burnham Clam Factory.

On Horr’s Island (commonly known as Key Marco) the leadership class posed for a picture outside the ruins of Captain John F. Horr’s home, a man who served in many capacities including U.S. Marshall and Federal Census Taker.

Names like Tommie Barfield, The Doxsee’s, Captain Bill Collier and W.T. Collier were influential in laying the foundation of our Island. The Mackle Brothers’ Deltona Corporation developed much of what we experience on the Island today, officially opening Marco January 31, 1965.

After a tour of the Historical Museum and a standing ovation for Woodward, the Leadership Marco Class of 2013 left with a great appreciation for the Island’s rich history.

The next session will be on Sept. 18.

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