Englewood Area Historical Museum 

Using the Power of History to Transform Lives

New Hours, New Exhibits!
 Friday - Sunday.....1:00 - 4:00 PM

1394 Old Englewood Rd. Englewood, FL 34223



Mark your calendars: Saturday, June 3, 2pm


The Historic Green Street Church


Kate Holmes as the one-and-only Bertha Palmer: 

Sarasota socialite, developer and innovator!

Don't miss this fun and educational event. $10 donation at the door supports the Lemon Bay Historical Society's drive to save the historic church building. For more information 941-208-5942 or [email protected]

Bertha Palmer was a Chicago millionaire and visionary. Her interest in the Gulf Coast of Florida on her arrival in Sarasota in 1910 set the stage for the growth and prosperity of Sarasota County. She bought over 80,000 acres in the Sarasota area and became involved in agriculture, livestock, real estate, banking and tourism. Her social standing helped put the community of 840 people on the map, and once she put down roots, Sarasota County would never be the same!

Learn more: See our current museum exhibit THE PALMER RANCH. 


Our Current Exhibits:

"The Merry Month of May"

A wonderful display of historic and collectible dolls.

"In the Beginning"

Trace the early inhabitants of our area from the Paleo people 10,000 years ago,

to the Mound Builders, and to the English and Spanish explorers from the 1500s through the 1800s.

"Ranches to Houses"

--Learn about the Vanderbilt's "2V" Ranch where Rotonda is today

--Read about socialite Mrs. Potter Palmer and her Palmer Ranch 

--Who was Edward Vose Babcock?

--Which ranch is now being developed as the West Villages community?

"Olde Englewood"

--View a unique collection of historic Englewood photos 

--See Queen Anne Furnishings from Lois Bartlett Tracy's "Artists Acres" Homestead

--Browse our Pioneer Craft & Book Store



1394 Old Englewood Rd. Englewood, FL 34223


Hours of Operation:

Beginning March 10, 2017:

Friday - Sunday

1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

*Weekday Tours Available by Appointment.

Contact us for a scheduled tour.

1394 Old Englewood Rd. Englewood, FL 34223

Have any items relevant to our theme that you would like to have featured in our Museum? 

Feel free to contact us to make arrangements for your artifacts and/or photographs to be examined. 

We are always seeking input from the Englewood area community to assist with telling our story and preserving our history!