The Blanchard House Museum is an African American heritage museum in Punta Gorda, Florida. It is best known for its excellent exhibits regarding the history and heritage of the African American s in Charlotte County.
The Blanchard House Museum is named after the historic structure that the museum is housed in. Originally built in 1925 by Joseph Blanchard, a prominent local businessman and a black sea captain, and his mail order bride, Minnie, the house was turned into a museum by Bernice Russell, an African American community historian. When all of the couple?s descendants died in 1997, Russell purchased the property, with turning it into a museum in mind. However, the concept only materialized in 2004, a good 5 years after Russell?s death.