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The Sanford Historical Society


    The Sanford Historical Society's purpose is to foster interest in the preservation of information and artifacts related to the history of Sanford and the surrounding area. The Society shall support the efforts of the Sanford Museum to accomplish this purpose.



Our Mission


    Our mission is to further promote the interests of our organization and our members to the community. We strive to make a difference by educating and expanding our reach. 



The Sanford Museum


    The Sanford Museum is a division of the Recreation Department of the City of Sanford. The museum was established in 1957 as a memorial to the city's founder, Henry Shelton Sanford. The museum was expanded in 1974 and again in 1994 to allow for the collection and exhibition of items of local historical interest. Today the museum collects and exhibits historical material relating to the development of Sanford from it's earliest times to the present day.


    The museums collections include a local history archive, a Sanford photograph collection, a reference library covering the history of Central Florida, the Henry Shelton Sanford Papers, a 19th century decorative arts collection, local business ephemera and a local sports collection.   


The Sanford Museum is located at 520 E. First Street in Fort Mellon Park.


The mailing address is:

                                      Sanford Museum

                                      City of Sanford

                                      PO BOX 1788

                                      Sanford, FL 32772-1788.


The phone number is:  407.688.5198

Hours:                          Tues-Fri: 11am-4pm

                                             Sat:   1pm-4pm