The Hermitage Artist Retreat invites the public to join in at 4 p.m. today for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the cistern restoration, as part of its mission to “preserve Florida history.” Local historians and county experts identified the two wooden cisterns on the Hermitage campus as among the most significant, publicly accessible examples of this aqua-system in the entire region.
With major grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Ehrhart Family Foundation, Gerri Aaron and additional support from 20 other community members, the cisterns have been completely rebuilt. After the ribbon-cutting, the campus will be open for tours of the historic Hermitage House, followed by a beach reading by artists-in-residence.
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