Historical figures in the banner are (L-R):  Rev. Jesse Knight, Frank Higel, Bertha Honoré Palmer, Dr. Fred Albee, John Nolen

"Eagle Point" by James "Diego" Middleton

  • February 10, 2022
  • 11:00 AM
  • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, FL 34293

"Eagle Point" by James "Diego" Middleton

February 10, 2022, 11:00 AM.

Explore the story of Eagle Point, an area established by Bertha Palmer in the early 1900s, now a historic district with the City of Venice.

Camp Eagle Point represents a time in the history of our nation when many significant events were taking place: segregation and Jim Crow laws, World War I in full swing, and the Chicago World Fair in 1893, where Bertha Palmer emerged on the national scene. Eagle Point was originally conceived by Palmer as a fishing and hunting camp that later turned into an exclusive club. In 1989, it became one of four historic districts in the city of Venice. The story of Eagle Point is about the characters that participated in its development and preservation.

Presenter, James “Diego” Middleton, a local Realtor, prides himself on knowing good real estate stories. A licensed broker in Colorado and Florida for over 40 years, he lived and worked at Eagle Point for 20 years restoring one of the 1916 wood frame cottages. As a member of the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS) he has worked as a docent at the restored Historic Venice Train Depot where an original caboose is also located. Giving tours and telling the “Venice Story” continues to be an experience of a lifetime for Diego.

His credentials also include 20 years on the City of Venice Historical Preservation Board, serving as an original board member of Venice Heritage, a non-profit committed to the preservation and presentation of the Lord Higel House, a planned pioneer museum located at the corner of Granada Ave. and Avenida Des Parques.

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

Click here to register.  Deadline to register is February 10.


"History of the Intracoastal Waterway" by George Miller

February 24, 2022, 11:00 AM.

Some people swear by the Intracoastal Waterway; some swear at it.  Ready for a little history about the often-controversial waterway, once referred to as “The Big Ditch”?  Hear about its intended purpose, funding sources, contentious route selection and dredging.  How did the construction of Venice’s three bridges and the Venice Bypass get factored into the Intracoastal Waterway Project?

Speaker, George W. Miller spent 28 years in the fields of computing, networking, and telecommunications at a midwestern university.  He has long had an interest in local history.  Every family vacation included a trip to a visitor center to pick up a history book or two on some local topic.  When George and his wife became full time Venice residents in 2007, it was only natural that they were drawn to the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS).

George has served on the VAHS Board of Directors since 2009, twice serving as Treasurer.  He has been giving tours at the Historic Venice Depot since 2007 and currently chairs the Depot Committee.  In preparation for the 85th anniversary of the City of Venice and the Historic Venice Train Depot, he led the effort to upgrade the Depot exhibits.  George and his wife, Mary Huba, are currently providing leadership for the Circus Car Restoration Project.

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

Click here to register.  Deadline to register is February 24.


"The Historic Venice Train Depot" by George Miller

March 8, 2022, 11:00 am.

An overview and history of the railroad and the Venice Depot.

The Venice Depot was built 16 years after the Seaboard Railway was extended to Venice from Sarasota. Once called the most beautiful railroad station on the Seaboard rail system, this building became inextricably intertwined with the development of Venice. Spend an hour learning about the important role the Venice Depot played, from its dedication on March 27, 1927, to the delivery of a restored Ringling Circus Train Car on January 28, 2021. Meet the major players in this saga: the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Kentucky Military Institute, the Army Air Corps, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

Click here to register.  Deadline to register is March 8.


Knowledgeable Society members are available to provide a variety of presentations to community groups within the Venice area to educate, enlighten, and entertain.  Each presentation addresses some aspect of Venice area history.  Donations are requested to defray costs.  Contact us for more information.

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