MAP – 2014 Friday Candlelight Tour of Homes


MAP – 2014 Saturday Holiday Tour of Homes

2014 - Day Holiday Tour of Homes Map


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26th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

Tour of Homes Website Info

Sanford Historic Trust 2015 Calendar Debut was a Huge Success

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26th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

26th Tour Of Homes

CONGRATULATIONS! – Photo Contest Winners for the 2015 Sanford Historic Trust Calendar

You are invited to the opening reception featuring the winning photographs from Sanford Historic Trust’s Images of Sanford photo contest.
The reception will be held at the Gallery on First, 211 East First Street in Sanford on Friday, October 10th, 6-8 p.m.
The black and white photo contest, which concluded on July 31st, received over 150 entries. 13 winning photographs were selected by a panel from the Orlando Camera Club to be included in a 2015 large-format calendar to be presented by the Sanford Historic Trust.

Congratulations to the winners of the photo contest for the 2015 Sanford Trust Catalog!

Winners and their subjects:

John Alava – E 1st street and Palmetto Avenue

Mindy Ardiles – Sanford Marina

Patty Bates – Veterans Memorial Park

Glenn Clark – Bettye Smith Center

Michele Farfan – Stokes Fish Market sign

Marcie Fry – Sanford Historic baseball stadium

Reg Garner – Sanford waterfront

Kevin Haley – New Tribes Mission

Kathleen Hendrickson – Boland home

Jim Peters – Baggs Market

John Pierce – Magnolia Square and clock

Sacha Smith – 801 Park Ave (home)

John Zawacki – Magnolia Square fountain


The calendar project was headed by Trust members Kathy Hull and Reg Garner. Questions can be sent to



JOIN US (Tuesday 6/29/14, 6PM at the Chamber) – WALKABLE CITY by Jeff Speck – A Video Lecture

Walkable City Lecture Flyer

Sanford Historic Trust Newsletter Revived

We have brought back the Trust Newsletter both in a printed (mailed) and an electronic (e-mailed) version. It is also posted on the Trust website. To start, we plan to have an issue every other month. The newsletter will keep all our members and friends of the Trust informed on the activities and projects the Trust is undertaking, but communication is a two-way street. We’d like to hear from you with your suggestions for future projects and ideas to boost Trust membership. Please enjoy your attached newsletter.

Trust Newsletter May-June 2014

Calendar Photo Contest Promotional Poster

Calendar Contest Poster



Trust Headliner


Celebrate our 2014 Preservation Awards


Student Art Awards


On Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7 pm


The Sanford Historic Trust celebrates National Preservation Month with special preservation awards and student art

awards ceremonies and a social get together at the: Sanford Woman’s Club309 S. Oak Avenue, Sanford, FL.


The event features a presentation by Alicia Clark, curator of the Sanford Museum.


Stay for refreshments and some social time after the Ceremony.


See you this Thursday at the Woman’s Club at 7 pm.

The History of the Sanford Historic Trust

If you’ve ever wondered how the Sanford Historic Trust came to be and what they do, read this  informative and beautifully written article by one of our members, Sue Owens.


Narrative by Sue Owens:


Celebrating 26 Years with the Sanford Historic Trust


It is hard to believe that 26 years have passed since a handful of neighbors met to discuss how to preserve the historic homes in Sanford. In fact, small groups of neighbors had been meeting and disbanding for several years before finally merging as the Sanford Historic Trust in 1988.  The trust is a not-for-profit organization, which serves to evaluate, protect and preserve the architectural and historical heritage of the city through education and stewardship.

These founding members of the Sanford Historic Trust were the “urban pioneers”, renovating historic homes in an area near downtown Sanford that had yet to be classified as a bona fide historic district. Their beautiful homes were sandwiched between other grand dames that had been sadly transformed into neglected rental units, abandoned homes, or repugnant crack houses.

Helen Hickey and her husband arrived in 1973 when the houses, she said, were mostly inhabited with older residents. Many of them had a difficult time maintaining their homes and it didn’t take long before out of town investors came in, making them offers.  But Helen and her family, the original “DIY” home renovators, remained steadfast and soon inspired others to buy and renovate homes in Sanford. Helen channeled that same “DIY” attitude into the community via the Sanford Historic Trust and a business venture downtown.

Around that same time, John Mercer and his wife Juanita started buying and renovating historic homes near downtown.  As a Sanford resident and local banker, John was also alarmed at the number of investors swooping in to buy up the historic homes only to see them deteriorate as rooming houses. There were crime issues as well. But he often reminded his family of their civic duty to “reclaim our city” and get involved – and that he did. John soon formed a group called, “Save Our Sanford”, which was the precursor to the Sanford Historic Trust.  He went on to serve as city commissioner, and after leaving politics, both he and his wife stayed active in the Sanford Historic Trust.

Lon Howell was renovating an old Sanford home in the mid to late 1980’s. Like the others, he was equally dismayed by the code violations and neglect stemming from the subdivided historic homes.  Even worse, some old homes had been bulldozed to create parking lots! “It’s amazing what has been destroyed in the last 30 years”, he reported to the Sanford Herald in 1986. Lon also became active in local politics and went on to buy and renovate several historical homes, including one that had been slated for demolition. The initial persistence and determined efforts of trust members like Howell, Hickey and Mercer helped guide the organization into the politically active group it is today.

Sanford received a big boost in 1989, when the city was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. With 434 residential listings and 29 commercial buildings of historic significance now on a national register, the Trust gathered momentum.  That same year, the Trust developed and advertised a historic walking tour. Surprisingly, over 100 people showed up!

Next, the Trust organized a planning project with world-renowned architects and town planners, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Town meetings were held in 1991 to provide a master plan and an urban code that would preserve and promote Sanford’s unique historical qualities, while simultaneously encouraging growth. Duany paid a second visit to Sanford in 1992 to review the boundaries for Sanford’s Historic District. Plans were then finalized, fine-tuned and adopted by city officials later that year.

The Sanford Historic Trust has initiated many other projects in its 26 years of existence.


  • The popular Holiday Tour of Homes is an annual fundraiser and showcases the city’s beautiful historic homes. Many credit the tour with helping to enhance Sanford’s image. Tour funds have been earmarked to residents with financial or physical needs for exterior home improvements or repairs, with additional funds assigned to city projects.


  • The Trust brought the National Main Street Program to Sanford.  The Main Street Program advances preservation-based revitalization of commercial districts throughout the country.


  • A student art contest, which began in 2003, recently became the Trust’s responsibility to organize, judge, finance, and promote. Its goal is to help increase awareness of Sanford’s various architectural styles and historic buildings, promote the city’s history, and provide an opportunity to recognize and develop the student talent within Seminole County.


  • The Trust designates Historic Preservation Awards every May during National Preservation Week.  First offered in 1993 and later partnered with the city of Sanford in 2007, the Historic Preservation Award recognizes good stewardship of Sanford’s most valuable asset – its historic structures.  This year, the 2014 Historic Preservation Awards go to:


  1. James and Brenda Boland, 703 S. Oak Ave.
  2. Kent and Fran Cramer, 115 W. 9th St.
  3. William and Tracy Morgan, 1916 Hibiscus Ct.
  4. William Williamson, 511 S. Elm Ave.
  5. Michael Lennon and Cheryl Talamas, 621 S. Oak Ave.
  6. Rob Hawkins, ROKA Properties, 108 S. Park Ave.


  • One of the Trust’s more enduring and popular projects has been the historic streetlight program, which continues to spread light throughout the Old Sanford Historic District. With the addition of 12 new lampposts this year, the number of light posts installed since 2002 now stands at 150.

    Historic Lampposts

    Historic Lampposts


  • The Trust’s latest project is the unique district markers. Award-winning artist Al Carroll designed “Old Sanford Historic District” lampposts markers that are specific to the district. The markers will give residents a sense of pride in place and let visitors know that they are in the Old Sanford Historic District.

    Old Sanford Historic District marker at Woman's Club of Sanford, 309 S. Oak Ave.

    Old Sanford Historic District marker at Woman’s Club of Sanford, 309 S. Oak Ave.


  • New projects continue to roll out, like a tourist cartoon map of Sanford’s Historic Business District, highlighting the many wonderful restaurants, bars, gift shops and antique shops Sanford has to offer and making it easy for Sanford visitors to find them.


Perhaps the most important contribution of the Sanford Historic Trust has been its members. Alicia Clarke, curator for the Sanford Museum, explains it this way, “The economic benefits that the trust brings to the city are enormous. Members serve on boards and become activists for the city. We even had a mayor who came out of the trust… they are quite a motivational force…”


Over the past 26 years, the collective members and activities of the Sanford Historic Trust have positively impacted Sanford’s downtown revitalization, the residential Historic District, code and zoning enforcement, grant allocation, and a more positive media presence for the city. Founding trust member Helen Hickey is happy to look back and see that, “The trust provided the spark that was needed to reinvigorate this community.” It will certainly be interesting to see what paths the trust travels down in the years to come

Written by Sue Owens


Much Anticipated “new” Old Sanford Historic District Signs Arrive

Sanford Historic Trust has hung 9 sets of the “new” Old Sanford Historic District signs. There will be a total of 12 sets of signs placed on the treed streets close to the borders (3rd Street & 13th Street) of the Old Sanford Historic District.

The Trust is installing 12 more lampposts in the District this year, three of which will have the new signs attached.

The sign pictured here is at 309 S. Oak Ave., at the Woman’s Club of Sanford. Check it out!

Old Sanford Historic District marker at Woman's Club of Sanford, 309 S. Oak Ave.

Old Sanford Historic District marker at Woman’s Club of Sanford, 309 S. Oak Ave.

Trust Makes the Historical District a Little Brighter…again!

The Sanford Historic Trust is continuing their street light project again this year. The Trust is installing ten new historical lampposts within the next few months. In addition to filling in some of the missing spots on the tree named streets, the Trust is also bringing light to some of the darker areas, like the side, numbered streets. This is the Trust”s twelfth year of installing these beautiful lampposts, and with these latest additions, the number of lampposts the Trust has installed is just over 150 posts.


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