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Venice in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Kentucky Military Institute

1845 — 1971

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2011
1. Kentucky Military Institute Marker
Inscription.  Kentucky Military Institute, the nation's oldest private military preparatory school, wintered here from 1933 to 1970.

The campus consisted of the Venice Hotel (now Casa de Venice) which housed first year cadets, faculty and dining rooms; and the San Marco Hotel (now Venice Centre Mall) housed upperclassmen; class rooms and administrative offices (now mall shops).

The infirmary and school staff were located in the annex between both hotels. The armory (now Venice Little Theatre) contained the military offices, gymnasium, and rifle range.

On this field, Sunday full-dress parades were witnessed by thousands each year, the viewing stands were located to your right.

The Institute graduated thousands of young men who went on to serve our nation in both military and civilian roles. They have become living vessels of the Institute's guiding principle, "Character Makes The Man."

The alumni of K.M.I. are eternally grateful to the people of Venice for their warm hospitality to the Corps. We forever cherish K.M.I.'s winter home in our memories.
 
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Kentucky Military Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2011
2. Kentucky Military Institute Marker
View of the historical marker as seen in the Venice public park, with a view of Tampa Avenue West in the distant background.
1985 by K.M.I. Alumni and the City of Venice.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 27° 6.029′ N, 82° 26.852′ W. Marker is in Venice, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Tampa Avenue West and Nassau Street North, on the right when traveling east. This historical marker is located in the downtown business district, between the public parking lot (that use to serve as the parade ground for the K.M.I. cadets) and the public water park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Venice FL 34285, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hotel Venice (within shouting distance of this marker); Venice (within shouting distance of this marker); The Supreme Sacrifice (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ennes Arcade and Hotel Valencia 1926 (about 400 feet away); San Marco Hotel (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Kentucky Military Institute (about 400 feet away); Johnson-Schoolcraft Building 1926 (about 700 feet away); Welcome to Heritage Court / Fred H. Albee, M.D. (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Venice.
 
Kentucky Military Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2011
3. Kentucky Military Institute Marker
View to the right (southeast) of the historical marker showing a portion of the present day public parking area that used to be the parade grounds for the K.M.I. cadets.
Kentucky Military Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2011
4. Kentucky Military Institute Marker
View of the historical marker looking northwest in the direction of the public water park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,605 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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