History of Eagle Point

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Now a historic district within the City of Venice, explore the story of this early area in our community established by Bertha Palmer.

Camp Eagle Point represents a time in the history of our nation when many significant events were taking place: segregation and Jim Crow laws, World War I in full swing, and the Chicago World Fair in 1893, where Bertha Palmer emerged on the national scene. Eagle Point was originally conceived by Palmer as a fishing and hunting camp that later turned into an exclusive club. In 1989, it became one of four historic districts in the city of Venice. The story of Eagle Point is about the characters that participated in its development and preservation.

Our presenter, James “Diego” Middleton, a local Realtor, prides himself on knowing good real estate stories. A licensed broker in Colorado and Florida for over 40 years, he lived and worked at Eagle Point for 20 years restoring one of the 1916 wood frame cottages. As a member of the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS) he has worked as a docent at the restored Historic Venice Train Depot where an original caboose is also located. Giving tours and telling the “Venice Story” continues to be an experience of a lifetime for Diego.

His credentials also include 20 years on the City of Venice Historical Preservation Board, serving as an original board member of Venice Heritage, a non-profit committed to the preservation and presentation of the Lord Higel House, a planned pioneer museum located at the corner of Granada Ave. and Avenida Des Parques.

A special presentation by the Venice Area Historical Society.

For more information about the Venice Area Historical Society, please visit https://veniceareahistoricalsociety.org/