The Perfect Holiday Gift

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who’s hard to buy for? Give them something they don’t have:

A Brick!

Yes, thanks to HSoSC, you can have your message etched on a genuine old Sarasota brick for all to see and admire, while helping us preserve an actual part of our past!

These bricks were originally laid in the dawn

of the past century at Main Street and Lemon Avenue.  The Historical Society of Sarasota County, in the person of our beloved late Pete Esthus, salvaged them when the railroad station was being demolished.

Now, they compose the shady walkway into the 1882 Bidwell-Wood House, Sarasota County’s oldest surviving residence, making a lasting memorial of your love and your commitment to local history. Each year the new etched bricks are laid on Pioneer Day with a celebration for new brick owners.

Add your family name to these Sarasota Pioneers

You can honor anyone including yourself, or an event (marriage? birth? anniversary? memorial?)  with an etched historic brick.  A donation of $100 or more creates a permanent reminder of your loved one and your participation in Sarasota History. 

Your personal brick becomes a permanent part of the fabric of our historical campus.

To have a brick etched for you, your family, or a loved one, contact Linda Garcia, our Site Manager at 941-364-9076 Tuesdays or Fridays 10 to 2, or email her at

If you prefer to mail a check, fill out our Brick Reservation Form and drop it in the mail.

Now gone, but not forgotten!

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