520 East 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771
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Sanford’s English Bicycle and Tennis Club
It might sound strange that there was an “English Colony” located in Sanford. This is because of town founder Henry Sanford’s connections in the United Kingdom. Many of the investors of the Florida Land and Colonization Company, the company that made Sanford, were English. These Englishmen hired other Englishmen to be agents to report on how the “Florida scheme” was coming along. This exhibit focuses on a club comprised of many of these Englishmen and women, why specifically they sought out cycling and tennis, and how their love of those two sports not only changed Sanford’s social scene in the late 19th century, but all of central Florida’s. This exhibit is brought to you through the research of Sanford Historical Society member and Sanford Museum volunteer David Brachett. The Sanford Museum’s Staff would like to thank him for his hard work.
Bikes, Balls, and Biscuits
- See a reproduction of an 1890’s cycling suit as well as a 1901 Columbia bicycle frame
- Find out the connection to some of the members in the “Race for Africa”
- Notice how the women were able to make a name for themselves by hosting social events
- Discover how these men and women built the town of Sanford
Historic Tastes of Sanford – The History of Restaurants in Sanford
As Sanford becomes more and more a destination for foodies and hungry tourists alike, the Sanford Museum would like to share the history of restaurants in this area. From old hotels feeding boarders, to pharmacies with their lunch counters, to ” brick and mortar” establishments, restaurants have always been places for people to share not only food, but ideas.
The Sanford Museum is looking for information on the various restaurants that have shaped the culinary scene in Central Florida. Here are some of the information we are looking for.
- Memories of restaurants
- Old menus
- Pictures of food establishments
EXPLORE OUR VIRTUAL TOURS
Have you ever wanted to see the Sanford Museum but cannot? Don’t worry! With our virtual tour, you can have a glimpse inside the museum from the comfort of your home. The tour is currently in “Beta” mode, so please take a look and tell us what things you would like to see added.