History Services

From the days of early Native Americans to living memories of Hurricanes Charley and Ian, our community is bursting with local history. Charlotte County History Services is dedicated to preserving our rich heritage for future generations.

Discover our local history collection

Hotel Charlotte Harbor

Digital archives

Discover a vast collection of historic documents, postcards, and photographs.

Peg Stunkard with interviewer Joe Guerzo

Oral history project

We're preserving the voices and memories of our area's past for generations to come.

Archives Reading room at Punta Gorda Library

Print books


Explore Charlotte County's past


Historical markers

These signs mark the sites and share the stories of notable historic events in our community.

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History in the parks

Visit these local parks to see historic images and information from the county’s archival collection.

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Take a self-guided tour

Start a quest, explore a cemetery, or tour online. Wherever you begin, our fascinating past is waiting.

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See what's on display

Punta Gorda Army Airfield Exhibit

Squadron T - Flight B, R.T.U. (F) Punta Gorda, FLA July 1944

This permanent exhibit displays a glimpse into the past of the Punta Gorda Airport when it served as the Punta Gorda Army Airfield during World War II. Admission is free.

Dr. Jennifer Zoebelein, Historian

Phone: 941.629.7278

Email: HistoryServices@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

Jennifer Zoebelein

Connect with more historical resources and organizations in our area. Historical Contacts