Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
In 1882 this "handsome residence" was under construction for Alfred and Mary Bidwell on land Mary purchased from the State of Florida for one dollar an acre. Before construction the Bidwell's apparently occupied the detached kitchen-dining room with a sleeping loft. This home later stood in an area which later became part of the city. Sarasota was then in vast Manatee County, which extended from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Okeechobee and from the Manatee River to Charlotte Harbor. Bidwell, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., had his store 1½ miles away at the bay on a sandy main street, now named Cunliff Lane.
Alfred Bidwell was one of a group implicated in the murder of his neighbor, Charles E. Abbe, Sarasota's first postmaster - U.S. Commissioner. Abbe was shot Dec. 27, 1884 in front of Bidwell's store. The investigation revealed a secret society, Sara Sota Vigilance Committee, led by Bidwell. He was convicted and sentenced to death, commuted to life, later released. The house was purchased in 1895 by Annie and Luke Wood as a winter home and occupied by them; then by their daughter Ethel until her death in 1966.
Erected by Sarasota County Historical Commission, Historical Society of Sarasota County, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 27° 20.903′ N, 82° 32.73′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is on 12th Street, 0.1 miles east of North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east. Marker located in Pioneer Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1260 12th Street, Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crocker Memorial Church (a few steps from this marker); Mary Wyatt Whitaker (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitaker Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yellow Bluffs (about 500 feet away); Whitaker Family/Gateway 2000 Executive Committee (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Twin Motel and Tourism (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Resting Place of Pioneer Families and Hidden Histories (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rosemary Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Regarding Bidwell-Wood House.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. 4. submitted on April 14, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.