Summer concerts are just one more reason for a road trip to Historic Spanish Point in Osprey.
Once the home of socialite and major landowner Bertha Palmer of Chicago, the site on Little Sarasota Bay offers 5,000 years of history, including a cutaway of an Indian midden, a maritime center on the bay, a pioneer cemetery, turn of the century homes, Mary’s chapel and wonderful walking trails. Palmer’s house has been gone since the 1950s but her pergola and one formal garden remain to honor the woman who once owned more than 140,000 acres of what is today Sarasota and Manatee counties. She also was responsible for having the Seaboard Airline Railway extend its rail line to present-day Venice and with it the name of Venice from the area now known as Nokomis.
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