Sanford Museum located in the historic district in Sanford. Henry S. Sanford from Connecticut a diplomat who served in the Diplomat Service Corps in Brussels, Belgium for almost a decade. A timeline of events leading up to Sanford becoming a town. A room displaying furniture and paintings of the time spent in Belgium. A replica of his library in Derby, Connecticut. Over 2,800 volumes in seven languages, law, government, history, magazines and poetry. A couch and piano displayed.
Swedish immigrants moved to Sanford to work in the citrus industry. A trunk with tools, Swedish Folk Dress on exhibit at the museum. Photographs of Carl Leonard Vihlen a botanist from Sweden became a landscape planner for Henry Sanford. Nels Julius Stenstrom founded the first dairy.
Artifacts and clothing of the Seminole Indians. A map of Sanford, a photograph of Sanford House Hotel circa 1895. Clerk of the Court, city commissioners and school board members just a few of Sanford’s first officials during the early part of the 20th century. A photograph of Charles Beck a resident of Sanford sought his fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 19th century.
Orlando-Sanford International Airport formerly Sanford Naval Air Station. Uniforms worn during WWII and other items shown through the late 1960s. A sports exhibit consisting of Sanford natives that include football, baseball stars and Hall of Fame Players.
Entrance to the museum is free, donations accepted. I recommend the museum; a couple of hours well spent. Hours of operation on the website.
The First Bank in Titusville, a hardware store and a generator plant that eventually became Florida Power and Light. All were businesses owned and operated by James Pritchard, early settler.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a Florida Heritage Site The Pritchard House a Queen Anne style Architecture with wraparound porches. Our tour made more enjoyable by the guide dressing in period clothing. Members of the Pritchard family lived in the house until 2005 when Brevard County bought the house.
Our guide described in detail every room from the foyer to the upstairs bedrooms. The house consisted of five bedrooms and four fireplaces. The parlor only used for special occasions. One family member remembered as a child the only time she went into the parlor was on Christmas Day. In the parlor picture rails used to hang pictures. The dining room used as a gathering room for socializing and playing games. They would also write letters. A framed 1891 newspaper on the dining room wall found behind the fireplace mantel.
Walk around the gardens on the red brick path that surrounds the house. The Briggs, Carpenter, Pritchard-Boye Gardens, these are just a few of the fifteen family gardens listed. A written account of each family on a plaque in front of each garden. Special events, prices and hours of operation are on the website.
What’s the connection to Indiana Jones, Dr. Edgar J. Banks and the town of Eustis? Indiana Jones the movie based on Dr. Banks an archaeologist who retired to Eustis. In the museum, an Indiana Jones room dedicated to Dr. Banks.
The Clifford House that is now the Eustis Historical Museum a neo-classical architecture circa 1911 listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guilford David Clifford born in Rome, New York moved to Eustis in the late 19th century. An early settler he built a general store and established the first mail service.
The home has 10 rooms and 7 fireplaces. Photographs of early settlers and period furniture throughout the house. A sewing room that depicts clothes of the era.
The lighting in the house was poor for taking pictures and the tour guide acted as if she didn’t want to take me on the tour. Directions and hours of operation on the website.