Join us Thursday Sept 21 for this exciting lecture, 7 PM at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center
Reception follows.

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Information coming soon:  

Harvest Moon Dinner, November 5th.

See pictures from last year's event here.

 2018 Images of Sanford Calendar

Each year, the Sanford Historic Trust sponsors the Images of Sanford Calendar contest. The theme for the 2018 Images of Sanford calendar is: This is Sanford. From all the entries, thirteen photographs were selected in blind judging by members of the Sanford Camera Club

Winners of the photo contest have been notified. Submitted images will remain the property of the photographers, but permission is granted to the Sanford Historic Trust to use them for the calendar and for Trust promotional purposes.

Reveal: The winning images and completed Calendar "reveal" and reception will be held at Jeanine Taylor's Gallery on First on Saturday, October 28th, 6-8 PM. All winning photos will be displayed and a limited number of "early release" Calendars will be available at that time. Photographers who have a winning image are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to offer prints of their image for sale if so desired at that time.

Coordinating this project are Trust members Kathy Hull and Reg Garner. Questions can be sent to

The Images of Sanford Calendar is provided free of charge and is supported by our generous sponsors. Be sure to thank them!

Historic St. James AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church

St. James AME (built 1913) needs a new roof. They have asked the state for a grant, but need a 10% match
up-front. You can help! Contribute here:

The Board of Directors of the Sanford Historic Trust has approved a $1000 donation to St. James AME in their quest for a new roof, but that is only a drop in the bucket. We are asking for all members, friends, and interested parties to donate--no matter how small--to help in the preservation of this magnificent building. The August General Membership meeting of the Sanford Historic Trust will be held at St. James AME--at that time, you'll get a chance to see this wonderful building and learn more about its history. It is the oldest congregation in Sanford, founded 10 years before the city of Sanford was incorporated. The Board of Directors, on behalf of the membership of the Sanford Historic Trust, ask you to consider donating to this worthy cause.

OBJECTIVE: Raise matching funds in the amount of $35,000 supporting a grant application to the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources for major restoration and preservation of this historic church including roof preservation, in the amount of $350,000.

All donations go to the Historic Saint James AME Church Preservation Fund at Fifth Third Bank. 

Who we are: Historic Saint James AME Church, 819 Cypress Avenue, was founded in 1867 and was the first church established in Sanford, Florida, and Seminole County, of any race or denomination. The current church building was built in 1913 and is a Late English Gothic Revival architectural style designed by an African American architect and builder, Prince W. Spears. 

Historic Saint James AME Church is listed on the Florida Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places, listed in 1992, File #8SE-457.Its importance to local and national interests lies in its history within the African American narrative and for its architectural importance. 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Saint James AME Congregation. 

Video of the church:

Master Site File with history:

For more information please see:,_Florida)

2017 Historic Preservation Awards

May is  Historic Preservation Month, and at tte May 18th General Membership Meeting, the Sanford Historic Trust recognized 5 local structures for their efforts at historic preservation. 

Home Preservation Award Winners:

  • 1019 Magnolia Ave Donald and Tracy Bailey
  • 1215 Palmetto Ave Pie in the Sky, Inc
  • 429 Summerlin Ave Brian and Melinda Tooley
Business Preservation Award Winners:
  • 300 East 2nd Street Inner Compass Brewing
  • 818 S French Ave Richard Presti

A reception in honor of the winners was held immediately afterward. 

2016 Photo Project is now Complete and Online

Trust member Mike Smith has completed a project to photograph all the homes in the historic district in 2016, for archival purposes. You can find these photos from the "Archive Photos" button above and to the right. The Trust last did this in 2002. See how things have changed? 

These photos, preserved in digital format, will be turned over to teh Sanford Museum where they will be archived for future generations to come.

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