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Reference Number 13000853
State Florida
County Lee
Town Captiva
Street Address 11580 Chapin Lane
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/23/2013
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The Captiva School & Chapel-by-the-Sea Historic District is significant at the local level under Criterion A in the areas of Exploration/Settlement and Social History. It includes a surviving example of an early one-room schoolhouse (built in 1901) that also served as the primary place of religious worship for the early settlers of Captiva Island until it was converted into a Methodist mission church in 1921. Two other buildings in the district also contribute to its historic significance. These are the Minister's study, constructed in 1926 and the Parsonage constructed in 1965. The chapel has continued to serve as a place ofworship on a nondenominational or interdenominational basis with services conducted by visiting clergy until the present day. The site is also significant for its small historic cemetery, founded in 1897, in which a number of the early settlers of Captiva are interred. Over a hundred years old, the cemetery continues to be an active burial place.


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