Welcome to Historic Spanish Point

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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.



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Experience the beauty of our historic museum and grounds decorated for the holiday season. Miniature white lights on our trees and in our mangroves lends a magical holiday ambiance.
We’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights, except for Christmas Day. On New Year’s Day we will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission applies.

Performances are as follows:

Thursday, December 11Christmas Tales from Around the World with Katie Adams
Friday, December 12Christmas Classics with David Daviski
Thursday, December 18Exsultate! Carolers
Friday, December 19Classical Guitar with Pete Simms
Friday, December 26 — Straight Up

Mark your calendars for our annual Holly Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. We’ll have light refreshments, holiday music and plenty of good cheer to go around. Free for members, just present your membership card. Guests of members are $5 each. All others are welcome to attend for general admission prices.

Join us on Friday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for our annual Members Holiday Shopping Day. Our gift shop is loaded with many items for your holiday gift-giving. Take 20-percent off all purchases, except for consignment items.

Finally, pencil us in for New Year’s Eve. Our Starlight and Fire Family Party will take place at White Cottage, Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy bonfires, marshmallow roasting, snow and more! Members: adults $8 and children under 12 $4; Non-members: adults $10 and children under 12 $5.

Lunch and Lecture Series

The Woman’s Building at The World’s Columbian Exposition
Tuesday, Dec. 16 – noon-2 p.m.


Bayla Miller will discuss the Woman’s Building at The World’s Columbian Exposition. The building housed exhibits celebrating women’s accomplishments throughout history. Bertha Palmer brought together women from all walks of life, from the first female architect with an MIT degree, Sophia Hayden, who designed their building, to daughters of former slaves, whose sculptures were on display.
A buffet luncheon will be provided.
$20 for members $25 for non-members
These lectures are popular and sell out quickly. Reservations are a must. Call Jane Glennan at 941-966-5214, ext. 2200.