Articles from the Historical Society

Love Sarasota County history? Here’s a collection of articles from various sources that we think you’ll enjoy.

Jeff LaHurd, historian and author

Jeff LaHurd, historian and author

Sarasota County is On Its Way! by Jeff LaHurd Sarasota split off from Manatee, after residents in South County grew disgruntled by terrible road conditions and the way tax dollars were being spent. Read Jeff’s article.

Read about the two historic buildings, the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church, that our Society is dedicated to protect, preserve, and present to the community.

Tamiami Trail‘s history by Doris Davis: “Florida could attract tourists for a winter vacation if two main highways were built, one down the West Coast and one down the East Coast. The general call “See America First” was fast turning into “See Florida First.”  Muck, Mosquitoes and Motorists: A Photo Essay

The Belle Haven Apartments article courtesy of SAHP. An historic gem on Tamiami Trail amid a sea of modernity, this building still stands (at least, as of October 2020.) Read about the changes.

Mr. Sarasota by Jeff LaHurd He forged a reputation for his honest and above-board dealings, saying his father left him with this advice shortly before he died: “Always be in good company; be honest and truthful; work hard and save your money; also retain your self-respect and others will respect you.” Read Jeff’s Article

The tourists came in droves. And of course, they wanted to see the sea. The Bay Island Hotel was built just for them. The Sarasota Times wrote it up. Thanks to Rex Carr, Bill Hartman, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for additional material. Read the 1911 newspaper article.

The Rocking Chair at White Tower A downtown favorite, the chair “has been written up in Reader’s Digest, it will soon be the subject for an article in House and Garden, and there’s a possibility it will make Life” Read the 1959 newspaper article

Sunshine Springs and Gardens To Open Winter of 1955-56. It didn’t last long, but it was spectacular! Thanks to Rex Carr whose high-resolution graphics provided the framework for this article. (See more pictures on our blog.)

And there’s much more on the website of our friend and supporter Larry Kelleher at Sarasota History Alive!