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Third Thursday Lecture Series – Hermits of the 10,000 Islands

July 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Photo of Roy Ozmer in front of a blue shed

The Ten Thousand Islands region has long been a magnet for those looking to “live off the grid”: from runaway slaves and confederate deserters to moonshiners and armed outlaws looking to avoid the long arm of the law. But some came just to be alone – to live a simpler life. Squatting on islands, living in trailers, shacks, or hand-built homes, Everglades hermits have carved out their own little pieces of paradise. This presentation will discuss the lives of a handful of the area’s most colorful characters: Juan Gomez, the “pirate of Panther Key”, alcoholic-in-exile Roy Ozmer, self-described “Phony Hermit” Al Seely, and more. A sympathetic window in the world of those who live outside of society by choice.

Seating is limited so that we are able to practice social distancing. Masks are encouraged. To attend the lecture in person, please use the RSVP form below to secure your space.

The lecture will be livestreamed to our Facebook page, Collier County Museums, for virtual viewing.


July 15
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Museum of the Everglades
105 Broadway Ave W
Everglades City, 34139 United States
(239) 252-5026