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Your Hosts
David & Pam McCurrach

We love Fort Myers so much we bought this bed and breakfast and are moving here from Tennessee. We can't wait to see you!

Pam worked the last sixteen yeats at Ethan Allen. As a Certified Residental Interior Designer, she loved helping hundreds of clients create the homes of their dreams. I've spent my career in the community banking and credit union industries. In my spare time, I started Kids' Money (www.kidsmoney.org) and have written three books on the subject of children's financial education.

We are now ready to take our careers in a new direction and create a bed and breakfast that where guests can relax, recharge and thoroughly enjoy themselves. Our location is within walking distance of downtown Fort Myers, with all its restaurants, wine bars, shops, attractions and events, as well as the Edison Ford Winter Estates, with their rich history, beautiful gardens and classic homes. We're only two blocks from the river, where guests can enjoy beautiful sunsets on the water. The Hibiscus House is also convenient to Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel/Captiva, Matlachey, Pine Island and much more.

We hope to see you soon!

The History of The Hibiscus House

The Hibiscus House, (formerly known as The LI-Inn Sleeps Inn, The Drum House Inn, The Wedding Place, and The Dowling Homestead), was built in 1923 by William H. Dowling, owner of the once busy Dowling-Camp Lumber Company of Slater. Slater was located 9 miles north of Ft. Myers and had the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad connecting it with Ft. Myers. Henry Ford loved to go there and watch the sawmill operations. William died in 1942 and his wife, Hallie, ran the mill for 2 more years until it was permanently closed in January 1944.

Hallie had the house moved to Ft. Myers sometime in the 40's by having it sawed squarely through the middle and loaded onto two barges at the foot of Old Bridge Road in North Ft. Myers for transit across the river. The barges were heavily loaded and settled to the river bottom during a squall. They remained there for several days hung up on the sandbars waiting for a tide to free them. We are currently searching with the curator of the historical museum for a picture of this travesty. Mrs. Dowling sold the sturdy pine home to Sadie Ware Lewis of New York City in the late 40's. Mrs. Ralph Wadlow ( then Carroll McLean) purchased the home in 1953 and found much of the oak furniture still intact after the barge trip from Slater. In 1976, the house contained four apartments, six baths, and six kitchens shaded by magnificent trees planted by Mrs. Wadlow.

At some point between 1976-1994 Ms. Rebecca Scheall had the home as The Wedding Place. Then, it was owned by James and Shirley Drum in the early 1990's, known as The Drum House Inn. Mr. Drum had a realty office in the residence as well.

In 1998, Claire and Craig Poe purchased the house and renovated as The LI-Inn Sleeps Inn. In the summer of 1999, Mr. James Haas escaped the "defense electronics" business and took over ownership in December 1999, with Holly his beloved dog.

In December 2003, Leslie & Bill Seiden relocated from Long Island, New York weary of the harsh winters, and anxious for a new venture, naming the house The Hibiscus House as a more appropriate title for the tropical atmosphere. They have worked in hospitality for 30 years on land and sea, and have done extensive redecorating in their old homestead to ensure a lovely stay for all. After a fruitful and exciting 8 plus years they felt it was time to move forward while still "young enough" and have embarked upon a year of travel and newfound discovery.

The Hibiscus House welcomes the new owners in 2012, David and Pam McCurrach, who hail from Tennessee and are prepared to host the next generation of visitors with grace and enthusiasm. As the new stewards of the property they will give The Hibiscus House their new signature while maintaining the charm and history everyone associates with a Bed & Breakfast.