Welcome September Visitors! Two-for-one admissions all month.

5 sunny day for print 300dpiExplore 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.



Trail of Tears lecture series

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Discover an exciting story of American History filled with intrigue, heroism, loss, tragedy, and death: The Trail of Tears.  This three-part lecture will: explore through historical record the socio-political climate in the U.S. that culminated in the Indian Removal Act of 1830; consider the political forces that targeted each of the five civilized tribes and how each tribe dealt with ethnic cleansing; and consider “scenes from the trail” through original journal entries from those whose lives were directly affected by the removal. Presented by Gail Davis, Ph.D.

“Long time we travel on way to new land. People feel bad when they leave old nation. Women cry and make sad wails. Children cry and men cry, and all look sad like when friends die, but they say nothing and just put heads down and keep on go towards West. Many days pass and people die very much. We bury close by trail.”

                                                                  - Survivor of Trail of Tears

Thursdays, September 4, 11, and 18

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

$50 for non-members includes all materials

$40 for Historic Spanish Point members includes all materials

For more information or to register for this program contact Jane Glennan at 941 966-5214 ext. 2200 or jane@historicspanishpoint.org.


Paris: The Luminous Years

We are accepting reservations now for our multi-part program, Paris: The luminous years, a lecture series about impressionist art. Lunch is included.
Bertha Palmer helped introduce the modern art movement to America while Gertrude Stein was continuing the tradition in Paris. Together these American women helped lay the foundation for what became modernism in art, literature, and music.
All lectures run from noon to 2 p.m.
Dates and topics include:
The American Personality and Modernism: Picasso, Stein, and StieglitzTuesday, Sept. 23
The Lost Generation: Art, Literature, and MusicTuesday, Oct. 28
Fee is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Includes lunch. Reservations are a must. Call Jane Glennan at (941) 966-5214, ext. 2200. These programs sell out early. Reserve now.