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ThomasEdisonAlva.jpgAlva today is a charming, rural, unincorporated area of Lee County, Florida.  A drive through Alva reveals extensive citrus groves, pastures dotted with cattle and horses, houses, some grand, most modest, nestled beneath majestic live oaks, dripping with strands of Spanish moss, and a small village perched upon the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.  Alva has a long and rich history, being one of the first settlements in Southwest Florida.

The "modern" history of Alva began with the vision of a Danish sea captain by the name of Peter Nelson.  A colorful character that homesteaded a vast area, platted and laid out a village, earmarking plots for schools, parks, churches, even the first library in South Florida.  He called his town "Alva,"  naming it after the profusion of small white flowers growing along the bank of the same name.  Captain Nelson was instrumental in the forming of Lee County, and served as one of its first County Commissioners. 

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