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Don’t worry, property where house sits will be protected

March 29, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

The interesting thing about history, is that everyone interprets the information we are given differently. While studying the paradise we live in, I'm sure many opinions exist about what kind of life the Caloosa Indians had here. I'm also sure that there is much research still to be done.

In one opinion, Anna Stober has quoted Frank Hamilton Cushing and his description of the Pineland area. She says he describes the burial mound to be in a southeastwardly direction from the Randall Research property. In fact, this mound is in a northeastwardly direction. So one might question what he was actually speaking of.

Perhaps Mr. Adams knew more than is thought when he built this house. Throughout Southwest Florida, including the Pineland area, unknowing people plowed over the mounds to build roads. In my opinion, Mr. Adams ensured the preservation of this mound by building the house in 1910. It has protected the integrity of the mound for 102 years to date and will continue to do so. It has remained through many hurricanes, when neighboring homes didn't.

Also, Ms. Stober can rest assured that the property is under the responsible care of many people. When we purchased the home, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was granted a Conservation Easement on the property. This ensures the property will be protected. Each year we receive a letter from the State of Florida thanking us for being Excellent Stewards of our property.

I am sure that the next owners of this special home and property will fall in love with it as we did and be proud to be the caretakers of such a peaceful place. I am thankful that Mr. Adams had the foresight to protect this part of history, whether knowingly or just by luck.

Cheryl Smith



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