November 14, 2018: Captain John Horr, Marco Island Pioneer

Presenter: David Southall
Location: Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 34112
Time: Program 7:00pm

SUBJECT: Union Civil War veteran and successful businessman, John F. Horr purchased a "shell mound island" near Caxambas in 1877 to grow pineapples for his wholesale grocery business. A residence was built for him on the island, along with a school for the children of island workers, a packing house and a wharf. All that remains today of that small community is the crumbling tabby ruins of Captain Horr's two story house. 


SPEAKER: David Southall is a graduate of Paul Smiths College of Forestry and the State University of New York at Buffalo with degrees in Science and Education. Following a tour of duty in Vietnam, he obtained his MS in Plant Biology from Cornell University. In his early career, Southall was founder/CEO of a nursery, landscape, greenhouse operation and a natural areas management company specializing in wetlands restoration and mitigation, wildlife management, and invasive species control. He retired after 14 years with the Collier County Museums where he was responsible for museum programs and living history events.