Sunday, November 12, 2006

Historic Church and House Settle into Pioneer Park

The Crocker Church and the Bidwell-Wood House House are on foundations.

Saturday's dedication was attended by about 50 or so people. Harold Bubil, from the SHT was excellent as the master of ceremonies.

Many of the people that were instrumental in getting the buildings moved to this park were recognized - included were Arnie Berns, Chris Blue, Thorning Little and many others. The organization behind this effort is the Historical Society of Sarasota County.

An audio discussion of this project can be found here.

The Bidwell-Wood House is the oldest Sarasota building that still exists. It was built in the late 1800's.

While the foundation is in place, much work and funding needs to follow as these important historic resources are restored. If you are interested in helping, the Historical Society would love to hear from you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Bidwell Wood House, located at 1260 12th Street in Sarasota's Pioneer Park, is now the home of the Historical Society of Sarasota County. The "oldest house in Sarasota" (built in 1882) was moved to this location in 2006, along with the Crocker Memorial Church, which was built in 1901. Both buildings had been moved several times before and it is hoped that Pioneer Park will be their final home. The church is available for intimate weddings, meetings, art fairs, theater performances, etc. Tours of the buildings are available and there is now a Gift Shop, located in the detached original kitchen, which is open from Nov. to May. In its first year, 38 creative artists, writers, craftspeople were selling their wares in the shop. For more information, go to: