Members of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club visited Historic Spanish Point in Osprey on Tuesday morning, April 23, 2013. After short introductory film in the visitor’s center, the women joined a tour guide and walked the histotric grounds located off Little Sarasota Bay.
They observed three levels of history in the area: old indian dwellers who created burial mounds and “middens”, early pioneers who originated the citrus industry, and the Bertha Palmer legacy.
The region’s prehistory features “A Window to the Past,” the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound.
The tour included stops at Sarasota’s first produce packinghouse, a charming chapel, pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901.
A tour highlight included a stop at Mrs. Potter Palmer’s garden where the members learned about the legendary lady and how she put her unforgettable stamp on the history of Sarasota County and Historic Spanish Point.
The grounds also include Mrs. Palmer’s Jungle Walk and Sunken Garden. The Butterfly Garden is one of the largest on the Gulf Coast. Historic Spanish Point is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and ranks among the top 4% of our nation’s museums via its American Alliance of Museum’s accreditation.
photography by Carolynn Shumate