Lehigh Acres is a community in Lee County. This puts Lehigh Acres in a vibrant area of Florida, near Fort Myers and Port Charlotte in the southwest region of the state. Families searching for homes for rent will find a community that reflects family values, which are embodied in locations such as Sunshine Elementary School, Westminster Golf Club, East County Regional Library and a number of others.
History of Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers
Lehigh Acres is an unincorporated community of Florida.
As Lehigh Acres is very close to Fort Myers, learning a bit about the lineage of this urban location can help situate modern renters.
The earliest inhabitants of Fort Myers were the Calusa Native American tribe. They built a number of shell mounds on the fertile area of the Caloosahatchee River. The Seminole Native American tribe also lived in this area during its early history.
In the late 1800s, the famous industrialist Hamilton Diston came to what's called the "Caloosahatchee Valley" and was able to build a connection between Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River. Diston did this by dredging and draining swamps in the area that had prevented the connection of these bodies of water in the past.
In the summer of 1885, Fort Myers was officially incorporated into Florida.
Fort Myers became part of Lee County in 1887 and served as the county seat. Prior to this, it was part of Monroe County.
Fort Myers is known as the "Gateway to the Tropics."