Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sandlin House on Retta Esplanade in Historic District of Punta Gorda

Originally the home of James L. Sandlin, a member of the first City Council and later mayor of Punta Gorda, and his wife Mary Lula.   Their son Felix was the first child born in Punta Gorda. Sandlin came to Punta Gorda on the first train in July 1886 to engage in the real estate, mercantile, citrus, and coastal shipping business. The “widow’s walk” was constructed so that  Sandlin could check ships at the nearby dock.

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