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Where Am I?

Quiz: Okay, once again, it is time for me to be difficult, but perhaps not so for people with a keen eye. I had a rather inviting entrance to my subdivision that was on both sides of a beautiful brick road located beyond downtown Sarasota. Your task is either to name the avenue or the subdivision. Good luck!

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Wilson Family Home

Video: In 1907 Dr. Wilson purchased the home located on the southeast corner of Ringling Boulevard and South Orange Avenue from Edgar Ferdon, a local architect. The house was not only the Wilson home, but also Dr. Wilson’s medical office.

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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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April 20, 2014

Sarasota Journal

On This Day in 1537 -

Hernando DeSoto is commissioned as the first governor of Florida by Charles the Fifth of Spain. In that era, Florida was virtually synonymous with North America, so DeSoto was responsible for quite a few square miles of wilderness.

From Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar by Whit Rylee & Tom Payne

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: Avondale Heights Subdivision

Avondale Heights Subdivision

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.”

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photo: Charles A. Dean's Clock

Charles A. Dean's Clock

The Clock…it seems timely to give you, this last Sabbath before the clock strikes the New Year, an introduction to a creative gentleman and his masterpiece-timepiece. We ran into him quite by accident and came away with a human interest story.

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Main Stree Traders - Sarasota, FL


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