Historic Cookie House tours begin

Englewood’s historic Cookie House may be the last of its kind in Florida. Charlotte County plans free public tours in January.

Guided tours of the historic Cookie House will begin Jan. 11. The Cookie House was part of the 10-acre research compound known as the Bass Biological Laboratory founded by John F. Bass, Jr. in the 1930s. Much of this history is tied to today’s world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory.

In addition to the breakthrough findings made by the scientists in residence, the Cookie House is the only known historic structure of its kind in the state of Florida. This log cabin, Bass’ personal laboratory and office, was originally built near his home on New Point Comfort Road in Englewood, and moved to its current location at Cedar Point Environmental Park for preservation. Each year, the normally closed site opens for in-depth viewing to reveal the mystery behind its curious name and background.

The Cookie House is located at Cedar Point Environmental Park at 2300 Placida Road, Englewood. Tours will be held on Jan. 11, 18, and 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Feb. 1 and 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours take place approximately every 15 minutes on a first-come-first-serve basis. Admission to the tour is free. Group tours are available upon request.

For information, contact Crystal Diff, Libraries & History Division program coordinator, at 941-629-7278 or Crystal.Diff@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

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