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Historic Cookie House Tours Starting January
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Historic Cookie House Tours Starting January


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2020) – Charlotte County History Services will be offering tours of the historic Cookie House. 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. The scientific discoveries of this facility are linked to many notable scientists from across the United States and Europe. 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. It moved to its current location at Cedar Point Environmental Park for preservation. Each year, the normally closed site is opened for in-depth viewing to reveal the mystery behind its curious name and background.

The Cookie House is located in Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood. Tours will be held on Fri., Jan. 17 and 24, from 1-4 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 7, 14, and 21 from 1-4 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Fri., March 13 and 20 from 1-4 p.m. Tours take place approximately every 15 minutes on a first-come-first-served basis. Admission to the tour is free for all ages and group tours are available upon request.

For information, contact Crystal Diff at 941-629-7278 or Crystal.Diff@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.


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