Osprey

History

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Archaeological excavations have indicated that prehistoric inhabitants made their Homes in Osprey FL, also referred to as Spanish Point, starting around 3000 BC. Early European settlers to the area were John and Eliza Web. The home for sale in OspreyWebb family relocated to the Osprey area in the late 1800s to establish a citrus plantation. The Webb’s used their schooners to ship citrus to Key West. The modern history of Osprey really begins in 1910 with a former Chicago socialite. Mrs. Bertha Potter Palmer purchased the land in the area to start a cattle ranch, natural preserve, and sprawling estate. Included in her purchase was the historic Webb-Guptil House constructed in 1901. She constructed an estate on 350 acres of land with meticulous gardens containing exotic plants. The descendants of Ms. Palmer donate 30 acres of land for a museum and nature preserve, now called Historic Spanish Point. For more information on the area’s history, visit the Historic Spanish Point website (historicspanishpoint.org).

Parks and Recreation

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Homes in Osprey FL are close to stunning area parks and recreation. A local favorite is Bay Preserve (discovernaturalsarasota.org), which has four acres dedicated to the environment, arts, recreation, and education. The park has three cracker-style buildings, a vintage carriage house, and a dock with a boathouse. The preserve is situated along Little Sarasota Bay and has provides waterfront access. Popular activities at Bay Preserve are canoeing or kayaking, boccie, checkers, hiking, and birding. Another Osprey park is the Oscar Scherer State Park. The park is most notable for being the best location to see the threatened Florida scrub-jays. Several trails wind through the Pine Flatwoods enabling excellent wildlife viewing as well as exercise. The South Creek, located in the park, is a wonderful canoe and kayak trail that ends at the Gulf of Mexico. Oscar Scherer State Park also has fishing and swimming at Lake Osprey. For more information on Oscar Scherer State Park, visit the Florida State Parks website (floridastateparks.org/oscarscherer).

Attractions and Activities

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A 30-acre environmental complex and park is located near Real Estate in Osprey FL. Historic Spanish Point has a vintage pioneer homesteading museum, chapel, boatyard, citrus packing house, and prehistoric shell midden. Lush gardens and nature trails wind through Historic Spanish Point. For more information on this attraction, visit the Historic Spanish Point website (historicspanishpoint.org). One of the best places for recreation in Osprey is the Legacy Trail. Converted from railroad tracks, the Legacy Trail extends ten miles from the Palmer Ranch in Sarasota through Osprey to the historic Train Deport in Venice. Use of Legacy Trail (ospreyfla.com/legacy_trail) for bicycling and walking is during daylight hours. The upscale community of Osprey is near botanical attractions like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (selby.org) and Sarasota Jungle Gardens (sarasotajunglegardens.com).

Events

Historic Spanish Point sets up a beautiful light display annually during the Christmas Season. The Holly Days Mangrove Lights display debuts in November and continued until the New Year. For more information on the Holly Days, call 941-966-5214 or visit the Historic Spanish Point website (historicspanishpoint.org).