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Updated: 09/13/2017 09:50:02AM

Sesquicentennial Celebration

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SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

This pioneer cemetery adjacent to Mary's Chapel at Historic Spanish Point is the family graveyard of the Webb Fsmily who were the first settlers at the site.

SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

These trail guides help visitors to Historic Spanish Pointe identify sites along Little Sarasota Bay.

SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

Little Sarasota Bay is visible from many spots along the walking trails of Historic Spanish Pointe.

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This building houses the cutaway of a historic midden.

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Cock’s Footbridge connects the peninsular portion of the grounds to the mainland and provides scenic views of both Webb’s Cove and Sarasota Bay.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HISTORIC SPANISH POINT

Bill Spect, right, as Will Webb, chats with a visitor to Historic Spanish Point.

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The walkway leading to the White Cottage is shaded year-round. Remnants of the orignal Webb House can be seen within White Cottage.

By KIM COOL

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When John Greene Webb and his family left Utica, New York in 1867 to establish a homestead in the area today known as Historic Spanish Point, they were met with heat, humidity, snakes, alligators, insects, illness, fires and the likelihood of hurricanes.

In exchange for all that, if the Webbs could survive on their 160-acre “homestead” for five years, the land would be theirs. Despite the saw palmetto and rattle snakes, they did have plenty of wild turkeys, turtle eggs and turtle meat to eat plus native plants like sea grapes and hearts of palm from all the native palm trees. Little Sarasota Bay offered plenty of fish, clams, oysters, shrimp and bay scallops.

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