William H. "Bill" Whitaker first sighted the Yellow Bluffs area along the mainland side of Sarasota Bay. It was in this beautiful setting that he would build the first settler home in the area. His half-brother, Hamlin Snell, stayed with Bill for several months. In fact, people often referred to the home which they built as the Snell House.
From Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar by Whit Rylee & Tom Payne
Sarasota County History
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.more »
In December 1913, Oscar and Alice Burton joined real estate developer and future Sarasota Mayor Arthur B. Edwards (1914-1915 and 1920-1921) and his wife Fannie in selling the land south of Hudson Bayou to the Sarasota Improvement Company. In 1915, the area, recorded as Avondale Heights Subdivision, was advertised as “a place for families of average means.”more »
Police protection for the natural and man-made beauties of Luke Wood Park has been asked by the Sarasota Federation of Garden Clubs following the desecration of the shrine to the memory of the late Mrs. Mable Ringling, it was stated yesterday by Mrs. C.A. Martin, president of the federation.more »