Historic Markers Across Florida

Rosemary Cemetery

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Location: on Central Ave, Sarasota, FL
County: Sarasota
Coordinates: N 27° 20.607    W 082° 32.568
  27.34345    -82.5428
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM304K


Rosemary Cemetery is the burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor and local manager for Florida Mortgage & Investment Co., British land developers of the municipality. The cemetery was set aside in plat, ´Town of Sarasota´, filed on July 27, 1886 by the promoters for the ill-fated "Ormiston Colony" and was deeded to the incorporated city seventeen years later. Early families with members interred here include Abbe, Browning, Burns, Grantham, Cunliff, Halton, Higel, Pelot and Whitaker, among others. Owen Burns purchased the founding corporation holdings in 1910. His influence has been credited with guiding the "true flowering" of the city laid out by the Scots.


City: Sarasota, FL