Category Archives: This Day in History

The first post office opens today

On August 16 1878, Sarasota got its first post office. It was located in the store of Charles Abbe, in the area now known as Harbor Acres. Mail came in “fairly” regularly, delivered by horseback. Charles Abbe Continues to Spark … Continue reading

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Life is a Circus, at least in Sarasota

In 1927 on this date, John Ringling announced that Sarasota would become the winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1960, Ringling moved its winter quarters to Venice and the impact of the circus expanded … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, City of Sarasota!

January 1st is a new beginning for many things… and on January 1 1914, Sarasota became, by statute, a City. Oh goodness… that means we only have a year to plan a Centennial! Question One: What will we wear?

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Happy Birthday, Longboat!

My, how you’ve grown! Happy Birthday, Longboat Key! In 1915, 14 families lived on Longboat Key. 40 years later, on November 14 1955, the Town of Longboat Key was incorporated. In 2011, there are over 8000 homes and condo units … Continue reading

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This Day in History: October 14

The town of Sarasota was incorporated today in 1902, although the incorporation did not become effective until January 1, 1903. (All those ducks had to be put in a row, right?) SarasotaHistoryAlive has a great essay on their site by … Continue reading

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This Day in History: Howitzer on the Manatee River

Aug 2 1864       The schooner, U.S.S. Stonewall, moved up the Manatee River and destroyed a sawmill, a gristmill, and a sugar mill that reportedly belonged to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  No Federal casualties were reported. Read about the U.S.S. Stonewall.

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This Day in History

July 27 1886  The first plat of the new town of Sarasota (December 1885) was recorded. This photo was taken in 1886 of the Whitaker family, considered the first documented permanent residents of European descent in this area, and the … Continue reading

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