Old Lee County Courthouse, Fort Myers
Visitors are welcome to tour the courthouse and its grounds. Tourists will see historical markers and artifacts as they explore. For example, a WWI plaque was added in 1926 to honor those Lee County residents who fought and died during the war. In addition, the 1967 Veterans Memorial Plaque serves as a memorial to all those lost in war during the last two centuries.
The grounds include the Lee County Justice Center, which is home to the courtrooms and county jail. The Old County Courthouse is still in use, but tourists can explore on their own. They will learn the origins of the county name, as an homage to the confederate general Robert E. Lee. The commission chambers includes a painting of Lee and various artifacts. Along with the Lee portrait, visitors can see other nods to the segregated history of Lee County, including the balcony where black citizens were relegated during trials.
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