Phase 1 is Underway: The Historic Pacetti Hotel Museum

Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 12:30PM

Phase 1 is Underway: The Historic Pacetti Hotel Museum

Phase 1 of the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association’s three year plan to preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and develop the historic Pacetti property into a public museum is well-underway. This important project is funded in part by a generous grant from the Paul B. Hunter and Constance D. Hunter Charitable Foundation. This exciting partnership provides substantial financial support for the Pacetti project in exchange for naming rights for the planned museum in memory of Constance D. Hunter. 


In memory of Constance Hunter
In Memory of Constance D. Hunter

Work completed to date includes site cleanup, shoreline stabilization, removal of dead trees and invasive species throughout the property, restoration of the hotel’s wood floors and two historic outbuildings, reroofing of property’s garage, and significant historic research and site documentation. The Association is also pleased to announce that the museum’s application to include the Pacetti Hotel on the National Register of Historic Places was accepted by the National Park Service and that the hotel was officially listed in the National Register on November 23, 2020.

Although much has been done in short period of time, the completed tasks listed above represent only a fraction of the work that needs to be completed before the Constance D. Hunter Historic Pacetti Hotel Museum can be officially opened to the public. The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association asks that you consider donating to Pacetti Hotel Fund in support of this worthy endeavor. Your generosity will help the Association preserve and interpret this important piece of Ponce Inlet and Florida history for this and future generations to enjoy.


Pacetti Hotel c. 1898
The Pacetti Hotel c. 1898

Double Donation Dollars!

Double your donation to the Pacetti Hotel today! In addition to its generous contribution, the Hunter Foundation has pledged to match all private donations made in support of the Pacetti Hotel up to a combined value of $250,000. This offer is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to maximize the funding potential of their charitable gift. All donations made in support of the Pacetti Hotel will be matched one-hundred percent by the Foundation, effectively doubling the value of your contribution. 


Donate to the Pacetti Hotel


Your donation will be used to help fund the costly process of preserving, restoring, and rehabilitating the site’s historic structures, developing the hotel into a historical museum, and transforming the property into a publicly accessible outdoor space where families and friends can come together to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Halifax River and Ponce Inlet.  


Donations can be made in many ways. 

  • On-Site Donations: Those wishing to make a donation in person can do so in the gift shop by talking to one of our friendly sales associates. Acceptable forms of in-person donations include cash, check, or charge. 
  • Online Donations: Those wishing to make a donation online can visit our e-commerce website at Simply select the Pacetti Hotel Fund from the list of available donation options and complete your transaction. Click here to donate online.  
  • Mail-In Donations: Donations may also be mailed directly to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse at 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL, 32127. Please make checks payable to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and include a brief note identifying the Pacetti Hotel as the intended recipient of your contribution.

We encourages anyone interested in donating to the Pacetti Hotel or learning more about the Association’s plans to preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and develop the Pacetti Hotel Museum in partnership with the Hunter Foundation to contact Executive Director Ed Gunn by phone at (386)761-1821 ext. 15 or via email at


Thank you for your support.

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