December 2013 - Capitva Florida
The following history comes from the church's website.
Situated adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico beach and among palm, seagrape, and gumbo limbo trees, Captiva Chapel By The Sea building was originally constructed in 1903 as a county schoolhouse and then purchased in 1921 by the Methodist Church as a mission building. During those school years, it was also used for religious services whenever a circuit preacher would be in the area. Because of the infrequency of those religious services, at a time when Captiva Island was growing in population, the chapel (then known as the Wayside Chapel) evolved into the Chapel By The Sea and services were then held with more regularity with a circuit preacher brought over from the mainland, by ferry.
Adjacent to the historic Chapel by the Sea, Captiva’s Historic Cemetery is trimmed with white lattice fencing. Within its perimeters, you will find grave markers and headstones of many early settlers who came to Captiva in the late 19th century to homestead and farm.