True Tours - Fort Myers, FL



Learn the eerie tales Fort Myers dark past on a 90-minute stroll through downtown, exploring the haunted past of both residential and commercial buildings. Tours run the 2nd and 4th Fridays at 8pm and costs $13. Reservations required (239) 945-0405.



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W P Franklin, a traveling salesman for Knight & Wall Co of Tampa, made his first visit to Fort Myers in 1904 and sold a boiler for Gays Laundry to Capt William Towles. 

In 1913 Franklin bought the hardware business owned by C W Carlton on the corner of First and Hendry. He remained there for 18 years.

When the building at First and Hendry became inadequate to handle the hardware business, Franklin acquired space across First Street where the Diana Shop once was. Outgrowing that site in 1927, he built a modern structure at First and Broadway on property he acquired from Mrs J R McCann.

Until 1960, Franklin and his son Paul operated the Franklin Hardware Company at that location. 

Today the Franklin Shoppes is  the meeting place to start your True Tour and now you know a little bit of history of Mr W P Franklin and his start in Fort Myers.

Come on a True Tour and learn more about downtown Fort Myers.

River District History tour Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Reservations are Required 
239 945 0405

Flavors of Matlacha Island Walking tour on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.

Haunted History tour Wednesday night and Saturday night at 8 PM
Reservations are Required 
239 945 0405

W P Franklin, a traveling salesman for Knight & Wall Co of Tampa, made his first visit to Fort Myers in 1904 and sold a boiler for Gay's Laundry to Capt William Towles.

In 1913 Franklin bought the hardware business owned by C W Carlton on the corner of First and Hendry. He remained there for 18 years.

When the building at First and Hendry became inadequate to handle the hardware business, Franklin acquired space across First Street where the Diana Shop once was. Outgrowing that site in 1927, he built a modern structure at First and Broadway on property he acquired from Mrs J R McCann.

Until 1960, Franklin and his son Paul operated the Franklin Hardware Company at that location.

Today the Franklin Shoppes is the meeting place to start your True Tour and now you know a little bit of history of Mr W P Franklin and his start in Fort Myers.

Come on a True Tour and learn more about downtown Fort Myers.

River District History tour Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Reservations are Required
239 945 0405

Flavors of Matlacha Island Walking tour on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.

Haunted History tour Wednesday night and Saturday night at 8 PM
Reservations are Required
239 945 0405
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True Tours found these very rare old photo postcards to share with you of the Bradford Hotel.

The building is still standing today and you will see on it your next tour of downtown Fort Myers. It will be pointed out to you by your tour guide. It is located on the NE corner of First Street and Hendry Street.

The Bradford opened on November 12th 1905.  It was built by Harvie Heitman and was financed by Tootie McGregor.  The hotel was named after Tooties son deceased son Bradford who died on September 8th 1902.

Today in 2019 the entire block just sold for $15,000,000.00.  The historic building/block will remain for many years to come!

Enjoy these amazing old images!

Come on a True Tour and learn more about downtown Fort Myers.

River District History tour Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Reservations are Required 
239 945 0405

Flavors of Matlacha Island Walking tour on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.

Haunted History tour Wednesday night and Saturday night at 8 PM
Reservations are Required 
239 945 0405

True Tours found these very rare old photo postcards to share with you of the Bradford Hotel.

The building is still standing today and you will see on it your next tour of downtown Fort Myers. It will be pointed out to you by your tour guide. It is located on the NE corner of First Street and Hendry Street.

The Bradford opened on November 12th 1905. It was built by Harvie Heitman and was financed by Tootie McGregor. The hotel was named after Tootie's son deceased son Bradford who died on September 8th 1902.

Today in 2019 the entire block just sold for $15,000,000.00. The historic building/block will remain for many years to come!

Enjoy these amazing old images!

Come on a True Tour and learn more about downtown Fort Myers.

River District History tour Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Reservations are Required
239 945 0405

Flavors of Matlacha Island Walking tour on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.

Haunted History tour Wednesday night and Saturday night at 8 PM
Reservations are Required
239 945 0405
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I wonder when that two story veranda, halfway down, was added on. That must have been when they removed the decorative Rooftop at the corner. It is and always was a magnificent structure.

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Today in 2019 it is very difficult to find a place to park on Fort Myers Beach!

But in 1959, it was no problem.  True Tours found this old postcard to share with you of Fort Myers Beach. (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)  Look at all the fabulous old cars with plenty of parking spaces on a crowded day at the beach.  

Old timers tell us that Fort Myers Beach was a quiet place to live where everyone knew just about everyone!  Today it is an entirely different place.

 Come on a True Tour and learn about downtown Fort Myers.

River District History tour Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Reservations are Required 
239 945 0405

Flavors of Matlacha Island Walking tour on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.

Haunted History tour Wednesday night and Saturday night at 8 PM
Reservations are Required 
239 945 0405

Today in 2019 it is very difficult to find a place to park on Fort Myers Beach!

But in 1959, it was no problem. True Tours found this old postcard to share with you of Fort Myers Beach. (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Look at all the fabulous old cars with plenty of parking spaces on a crowded day at the beach.

Old timers tell us that Fort Myers Beach was a quiet place to live where everyone knew just about everyone! Today it is an entirely different place.

Come on a True Tour and learn about downtown Fort Myers.

River District History tour Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Reservations are Required
239 945 0405

Flavors of Matlacha Island Walking tour on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.

Haunted History tour Wednesday night and Saturday night at 8 PM
Reservations are Required
239 945 0405
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At first we were discouraged because we thought we were going to be in a trolly but once we started the tour we quickly changed our minds. The walk wasn't...

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Highly recommend! My family and I (complete with grandparents - one who was pushed in his walker through most of the tour) thoroughly enjoyed this...

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We had So. Much. Fun. On. Our. Tour!!!! Laurie was our guide and she was so fresh despite, I'm sure, doing the tour many times over and over. She made it...

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