Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Local History & Mysteries


Ghosts of Chokoloskee? Death of Ochopee?

New books with these fascinating local histories will be for sale at Art-in-the-Glades on Saturday, January 16, in Everglades City along with arts and crafts by local vendors.

Chokoloskee is the home of the famous Smallwood Store & Museum, which is the setting of the killing of Mister Watson, the subject of a famous novel by Peter Matthieson. Author Rick Magers imagines, after meticulous research, what the conversations would have been like back then among all the protagonists. His book “Ghosts of Chokoloskee” is one of many historical books that will be for sale on January 16.

Ochopee is famous for having the “smallest post office.” It was once a thriving tomato farming community and then home to the Golden Lion Motel, a great stopping place and community center until it was bought out by the National Park Service for Big Cypress National Preserve. You can read about the heartache that was caused by the death of this community in Jeff Whichello’s book “What Happened to Ochopee?” which will also be for sale at Art-in-the-Glades.

To learn more about Art-in-the-Glades, see or call Marya at 239-695-2905.

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