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Purpose of the Society

Becoming a Member


Time Line

General Henry S. Sanford
Sanford Family Genealogy

The Henry Shelton Sanford Papers
Name Index - Sanford Papers
Henry S. Sanford Bibliography
Photos of Henry S. Sanford

Local Cemeteries

Historical Markers Located in Seminole County Florida



A Brief History & Walking Tour of Sanford

Contact Us

Guest Book


   The Sanford Historical Society publishes a bi-monthly newsletter of interest to members of the Society.  Included in this publication are articles of an historical nature as well as the happenings of the Society. The publication is mailed free to all members of the Society on or about the first of January, March, May, July, September and November of each year.

March - April 2010

Brisson Funeral Home
905 Laurel Avenue

   The lead article in this issue of the newsletter is a history of the Brisson Funeral Home, Sanford's oldest Funeral Home, tracing its beginnings back to 1885. The funeral home was established as the undertaking parlor of T. J. Miller behind his furniture store which was located at the corner of Park Avenue and First Street.


   The Sanford Museum recently received a leather bound set consisting of a Bible and a Book of Common Prayer that had belonged to Henry Sanford’s daughter Frida. The books came from the family of Harold and Mildred Bailey of Litchfield, Connecticut, a kind couple who befriended Frida during a difficult time in her life when she was seeking a permanent home. The books are inscribed to Frida from her godmother Anne D.B. Low and were given to her in 1875.

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January - February 2010

Henry Shelton Sanford Biography Cover

   In this issue, it is announced that a new edition of Leo T. Molloy’s biography of Henry Shelton Sanford is now available. Written in 1952, the biography was commissioned by Sanford’s granddaughter, Jane Pansa, and only a limited number were printed. This slim volume includes all of our city founder’s accomplishments as a lawyer, diplomat, and businessman. The new edition is enhanced with numerous images collected by one of the editors, Marian O’Keefe.

   Other articles of interest in this issue include an account of the great freeze of 1894-1895 and the city's cemetaries go digital.

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