School Marms on the Bay


Peter Carey

Fisherman's Village
1200 W. Retta Esplanade

Mural Creation Sponsors
1997: Todd Craig
Ron Winters
Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Smith
Margaret Boyce
Bill Dryburg
Friends of Sneakers Roadside Café

2009: Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society

The theme for this mural was taken from historic photos. The mural shows three school teachers rowing across the river to their school house in Charlotte Harbor which is now the site of the School House Square Shopping Center. The local mail boat is shown with the historic Punta Gorda Hotel in the background.

This mural was originally proposed by Todd Craig and Ronnie Winters who lived across the street from where the mural was originally located. The view from their home was of a large blank wall. They and many local friends, especially those who hung out at the late Sneaker’s Roadside Cafe at Cross Trail Shopping Center, collected funds to make the mural a reality.

Original Mural: The original mural was painted on the Mutual Capital Management Building, located at 212 W. Virginia Avenue, and was dedicated on April 8, 1997. Incidentally, Todd and Ron never got the chance to view the mural from their house. They sold their home and moved to another house a couple of blocks away before the mural was complete. The original mural was painted over by the new owner of the building when the building was sold in October 2008.

Recreation: The mural was recreated by the original artist at Fisherman’s Village. The mural was re-dedicated on March 26, 2009.