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Rosemary Cemetery

Markers: Sarasota History

Location: 851 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota History - Rosemary Cemetery photo

Rosemary Cemetery is burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor and local manager for Florida Mortgage & Investment Co., British land developers of the municipality. The cemetery was set aside in plat "Town of Sarasota", filed on July 27, 1886 by the promoters of the ill-fated "Ormiston Colony" and was deeded to the incorporated city seventeen years later. Early families with members interred here include Abbe, Browning, Burns, Grantham, Cunliff, Halton, Higel, Pelot, and Whitaker, among others.

Owen Burns purchased the founding corporation's holdings in 1910. His influence has been credited with guiding the "true flowering" of the city laid out by the Scots.

Dedicated in 1986 by the Sarasota County Historical Commission