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Where was I?

Quiz: Every now and then your editor is compelled to make this quiz a bit more difficult. This photo of me was taken in 1952, and these folks appear to be enjoying the fishing. Not pictured, but nearby there’s a unique restaurant that is rustic and inviting...

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Merry Christmas

Video: Christmas Time in Florida (1952) is the tune and we at Sarasota History Alive! want to wish all of our viewers a joyous Christmas season, and a very Happy New Year.

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Sarasota Naval Militia

Article: More than a year before the United States entered World War I; Sarasota began to organize a naval militia division. In March 1916 an announcement in the Sarasota Times invited young men to meet at the Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club ...

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Vintage Living

Real Estate: Explore unique properties in charming neighborhoods. From 1920 bungalows to post modern Sarasota School of Architecture your dream home awaits.

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Sarasota County History

photo: Arthur T. and Loretta P. Nelson House

Arthur T. and Loretta P. Nelson House

The Arthur T. and Loretta P. Nelson House is located at 4017 Swift Road on the northeast corner of Swift Road and Forest Lane. There are two historic resources on the property: a single story Frame Vernacular Style house with Craftsman influences, and a single-bay, frame garage. The garage was constructed first in approximately 1925, and lived in while the house was constructed in 1926.

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photo: Cedar Point/Sunset Park

Cedar Point/Sunset Park

Cedar Point, a hook of land on Sarasota Bay, was platted in 1899 and recorded as an addition to the Town of Sarasota in 1900.

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photo: A Military Post on Sarasota Bay

A Military Post on Sarasota Bay

By the early 1830s, tensions were building between Seminoles, homesteaders and U.S. military forces. A lack of resources within the Indian Territory established by the 1823 Treaty of Moultrie Creek had led to hunting forays outside the reserve boundaries. There had been no resolution of the issue of the return of runaway black slaves held by the Seminoles, and thefts of cattle by both Indians and homesteaders caused further dissention. The Second Seminole War erupted in 1835 with the ambush and massacre of Major Dade and his command.

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