The Sanibel Historical Village has recently announced that three island companies will be Silver Sponsors of the Village’s Gala Movie Premiere on February 22, 2022, when it will show the documentary “Secrets & Stories of the Sanibel Lighthouse.” They are Bank of the Islands, VIP Realty, and The Grog Shop.

Bank of the Islands VP-Private Client Relations David Lowden said, “As the oldest community bank on Sanibel, it’s important to us that we help keep Sanibel’s history alive and vibrant. Supporting the Historical Museum’s events lets us do just that.”

Jim Hall, VIP’s managing partner and broker said, “VIP Realty is happy to support that Sanibel Historical Village. It’s great resource for visitors and residents to learn the unique history of our beautiful island.


“It’s always important to support the Historical Village,” said The Grog Ship Manager Rich Bennett. “Sam Bailey’s three daughters own The Grog Shop, and Sam was very passionate about the Village. We’re happy to be able to support this event.”


“Sponsorships are essential to the success of our Gala fundraiser,” said Village Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “These businesses have been supporters of the Village for as long as I can remember, and we are so grateful for their continued patronage. We could never fulfill our mission of preserving, sharing, and celebrating Sanibel History without them.”


The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with the city of Sanibel’s regulations, masks are required inside the buildings at this time. Full guided tours are available only if reserved in advance for groups of no less than six, depending on docent availability. This precautionary measure is due to COVID-19. “We hope to be able to resume our regular tours, at 10:30 and 1:30, as soon as possible and within safety guidelines,” Alfino said.


The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. The village has handicap access to all but one building, the tiny Post Office. For more information, call (239) 472-4648 during museum hours or visit