Welcome to Historic Spanish Point


Explore 30 historical, environmental, and archaeological acres at this irreplaceable outdoor museum on Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, Florida.

GuptillHouse-ML-100dpi5inchLearn about the region’s prehistory in “A Window to the Past,” the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound.

Connect with Florida’s intrepid pioneer homesteaders at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901. nativeplants1Experience Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Jungle Walk, lush Sunken Garden, and the Butterfly Garden, one of the largest on the Gulf Coast. At Guptill Boat Yard, enjoy maritime tales.

This “Old Florida” oasis is a special place worth preserving for our community and future generations.  We invite your participation and welcome your support!  Thank you.

Trinkets and Treasures sale to benefit our museum

Come to our popular annual Yard Sale 2

The Volunteer Association needs your donations of gently used items for its Trinkets and Treasures sale to be held at the end of January. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the future needs of the Volunteer Association, such as walkie talkies, docent/outreach supplies, and more.

Tracey Viviano, our volunteer coordinator, is accepting items for the sale (except clothing) now through January 28, Mondays to Fridays, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The sale will be open to members only on Friday, January 30, 1-4 p.m. and to the general public on Saturday, January 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding right in OUR own backyard!

Historic Spanish Point has partnered with SUP Sarasota to offer eco-tours on stand-up paddleboards or in kayaks from the museum’s property on Little Sarasota Bay.

SUP’s experienced guides will lead you on a 2-plus-hour tour through the most pristine and extensive mangrove islands and tunnels on the Gulf Coast. Paddle the waters Indians inhabited more than 5,000 years ago and where Sarasota’s First Settlers made their home. This is one of the most beautiful spots in the region. Paddlers will enjoy cruising the shallow, calm waters, exploring the mangrove islands and tunnels or relaxing on one of the many small private beaches while taking in the extensive marine and bird life. A must do while on the Gulf Coast! Water shoes or flip-flops recommended, as well as water, sunscreen and dry bags (all electronics or valuables should be put in dry bags).

For reservations and availability, click here, call (941) 704-4878 or email rob@sup-sarasota.com

Lunch with Lizzie

guptill porch

Meet Lizzie Webb Guptill, daughter of pioneer homesteaders John and Eliza Webb and join her for lunch on Guptill House porch.

“Lizzie” will share memories of her family, marriage to boat-builder Frank Guptill, and the Webb Winter Resort’s colorful guests.

Thursday, January 29, 11 a.m., on the Guptill House Porch. $20 members/$25 non-members (includes lunch). Reservations are a must. Call (941) 966-5214, ext. 2200 or email jane@historicspanish point.org.