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. The house was moved to the corner of Hatton Street and Euclid Avenue in 1977 from U.S. 41-301 and Wood Street by the Historical Society of Sarasota County, Inc., with community assistance.
Erected by Sarasota County Historical Commission, Historical Society of Sarasota County, Inc.
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. Touch for map. Marker located in Pioneer Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1260 12th Street, Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Wyatt Whitaker (within shouting distance of this marker); Yellow Bluffs (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whitaker Family/Gateway 2000 Executive Committee (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Twin Motel and Tourism (approx. 0.4 miles away); Judah Philip Benjamin (approx. half a mile away); Judah P. Benjamin Monument (approx. half a mile away); John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oaklands/Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Regarding Bidwell-Wood House. The house was moved again to this location after the move mentioned on the marker.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.