Lemon Bay Historical Society

Founded in 1985 with a mission "to perpetuate the legacy of the past and honor the pioneer settlers of the Lemon Bay area.”

The Society grew out of a Pioneer Days Celebration on September 4, 1983 honoring Englewood’s first newspaper editor, Josephine Cortes, author of History of Englewood and Pioneer Days founder. In May, 1984 an organizational meeting was held, and by the next Pioneer Days celebration on September 2, 1984, the Society had organized a mullet roast for 150 people! The mullet was freshly caught by members of the Platt family and Bill Davis and Bob Cashatt foraged some swamp cabbage, which was cooked using Eula Davis’ (Bill’s mother) famous recipe. In 1985, the Lemon Bay Historical Society was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization whose mission was “for the specific purposes of perpetuating the legacy of the past [and] honoring the pioneer settlers of the Lemon Bay area.” Bob Cashatt, also an artist, designed the logo for the Society. We always welcome new members. Membership dues are $15 for a single membership, $20 for a family. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month (generally) from September—April. You do not need to be a historian to join, just someone interested in preserving the history of this small town. If you’re interested in joining, download the following membership form and send it to us with your dues. We’ll welcome you!

Mission: “for the specific purposes of perpetuating the legacy of the past [and] honoring the pioneer settlers of the Lemon Bay area.”

A huge Thank You to Jim Klepser and the guys at CertaPro for donating a wonderful job of repainting the historic Green Street Church!!!!!!

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Historian talks about the past to save the past

yoursun.com ENGLEWOOD — John McCarthy talked about Englewood’s past to help save a bit of its past.

Men from Phillips and Sons planting one of many trees and completing landscaping at the Green Street Church. Again many thanks to all who donated to help get this required landscaping completed. Photos by Nancy Wille.

Historian John McCarthy's talk on Manasota Key is now underway at Fellowship Hall on Dearborn

Join us Monday at 6pm at Fellowship Hall at the Englewood United Methodist Church to learn about Manasota Key

The trees have arrived! Phillips and Sons will be planting them tomorrow.


John McCarthy Talks About Manasota Key


lemonbayhistory.com 2019-05-06 6:00 PM - 2019-05-06 8:00 PM 700 E Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

We are honored to have received the Organizational Achievement Heritage Award from the History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County.


Lemon Bay Historical Society wins county award

yoursun.com VENICE — Some say the Lemon Bay Historical Society is comparable to “The Little Engine That Could” because it had to climb a hill of problems to finally reach its

[04/24/19]   The History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County announces awardees for the
2019 Sarasota County Heritage Awards
to be presented at a Luncheon, April 27, 2019,11:30AM at the
Venice Golf and Country Club.
After an extensive nomination and review process by a professional and experienced advisory committee,
awardees were selected. The winning projects and individuals represent some
of the best in the region and in their fields.

Organizational Achievement: Presented to a Sarasota County historical or preservation organization for outstanding success in historical preservation, historical education, and/or support of historical research.
--Lemon Bay Historical Society


Good Friend and President on the Lemon Bay Historical Society Charlie Hicks was next door. He was supervising the cement work being done at the Green Street Church. He is thrilled with all of our work and how the community is stepping up to help out.

A huge Thank You to RainScape in North Port for donating irrigation for the historic Green Street Church!!!!!!


Our Team was back at the Lemon Bay Cemetery doing some finishing touches this morning. Placing the final length of the fence, pulling some weeds and some extra maintenance.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13th, 4 to 8 pm
Pioneer Plaza, 348 W DearbornSt., Englewood, FL
Historic Green Street Church Landscaping “Funraiser”
Your help is needed to raise funds to pay for unanticipated landscaping costs, permits, engineering and miscellaneous items necessary to ensure a “forever home” for the Historic Green Street Church, at its new site on the south side of the Lemon Bay Cemetery.

Discover and enjoy the musical talent that lives in your Community, while enjoying the best barbeque that Englewood has to offer! The Open Studio is sponsoring a showcase of local musicians – some just starting out, some reaching their stride, other polishing their craft!

An assortment of beer will also be available for purchase.

Sponsors include the Lemon Bay Historical Society, The Open Studio, Sarasota County Englewood CRA, The Rowley Insurance Agency, Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary and the Rotary Club of Englewood.

Tickets sold at the gate:
$25 Entrance & Meal
$10 Just Entrance
Children under 10 FREE with paying adult

Help us obtain the sod, trees and landscaping required by the county so the community can once again enjoy our free programs in this historic building.
The county will not let the public in the Green Street Church building until required landscaping is completed.
SAVE THE DATE: April 13th.
Come to our barbecue and beer fundraiser at Pioneer Park, live music and entertainment!

Folks visiting our booth at today's Fine Arts Show on Dearborn. We'll be there Sunday, too.

Lemon Bay Historical Society's cover photo

[03/29/19]   Help us obtain the sod, trees and landscaping required by the county so the community can once again enjoy our free programs in this historic building. SAVE THE DATE: April 13th.
Come to our barbecue and beer fundraiser at Pioneer Park, live music and entertainment!


Fundraiser planned for Green St. Church Museum


yoursun.com ENGLEWOOD — Englewood’s Community Redevelopment Agency continues to help with the preservation of the historic Green Street Church Museum.


Englewood mail service began on August 18, 1896. Resident Wilbur Lampp met the mail boat at El Jobean and made the 10-mile ride by horseback to the first post office located on Yale Street.

In 1916 Postmaster Peter Buchan moved the post office to his store at Buchan’s Landing at the intersection of Dearborn St. and today’s Old Englewood Rd. In 1921 his wife Florence took over but business seemed to slow down. “On a good day we sold stamps for about six letters,” she said. Postal authorities threatened to close down the office but residents organized and began mailing grapefruits to each other to increase the volume of mail. This plan seemed to succeed and the Englewood post office continued to operate. In 1928 the post office was moved to Ziegler’s General and Hardware Store on Dearborn Street.

In 1946 a surplus Army barracks building was moved by Pete Parks from the Venice Air Base to the corner of Dearborn and Elm Streets. For the first time, Englewood had a post office housed in its own building. There was no mail delivery at this time, so the new building housed over 400 boxes for people to come in and pick up their mail.

In 1959 the post office moved to a larger facility in the former Sears store on Dearborn Street (shown in photo). The Elm Street barracks building was torn down and the location is now a parking lot next to Vino Loco.

In 1987 a new larger building was built on River Rd. and remains in use today. However, locals miss having a post office on Dearborn. It was the center of town activity, a place to meet and catch up on the day’s news.

This is Women's History Month

Lisa Clemens-Spargur writes:
My husband and I got married April 6th 2017 at Green Street Church. The same day that my grandparents got married 60yrs ago.
The Green Street Church now, where it’s located looks awesome and we are very happy to see it everyday on highway 776. We can’t wait for landscape to get done.

Come to the Vietnam Veterans Ceremony on March 29 at 8am and see the Green Street Church. Although the public cannot yet enter the building, the doors will be open so you can view inside.

Here's a look at the landscaping the county is requiring before we can enter the building and resume our monthly community programs. Note that Ixora and liriope are Not Florida natives.

The Lemon Bay Historical Society needs help in paying for unexpected landscaping expenses required by Sarasota County to ready the Historic Green Street Church for occupancy. Estimates from local nurseries are coming in at around $50,000!
Your tax-deductible contribution is greatly appreciated.
Look for the DONATE button at the top of this page OR
You can donate by mail:
Lemon Bay Historical Society, P. O. Box 1245, Englewood FL 34295


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The Lemon Bay Historical Society needs help in paying for unexpected landscaping expenses required by Sarasota County to ready the Historic Green Street Church for occupancy. Your tax-deductible contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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Moving the church in the middle of the night

We thank all our fine sponsors for helping make this year's Cracker Fair a great success and a great gift to the community.
Please visit them. Shop local!

Cracker Fair photos courtesy of Jeannie Joyce

Wonderful weather and great fun at Saturday's Cracker Fair in Englewood Florida.


17th Annual CRACKER FAIR! - Englewood Chamber


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Cracker Fair: A celebration of old Florida


yoursun.com Englewood’s Annual Cracker Fair taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 will be featuring a lemon dessert contest, a whip cracking demonstration, a cast net throwing


Something for everyone at Englewood's 17th annual Cracker Fair


yoursun.com ENGLEWOOD — There will be something for everyone at this Saturday’s 17th annual Cracker Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park, 300 W. Dearborn St.,


Lemony Desserts Wanted - Englewood Review Newspaper


englewoodreview.com Got a great dessert recipe using lemons? Bring it to this year’s Lemon Dessert Contest that provides applicants a chance to earn cash prizes and bragging rights for 2019. Participants are asked to bring a dessert to the Cracker Fair at Dearborn Street Plaza, 300 block W. Dearborn Street, between 1...

We thank Kenneth Lounders DMD for becoming a Sponsor of the Cracker Fair. Save the date: February 9th at Pioneer Plaza from 10 to 4.


Cracker Fest to help historic church

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