Listen to Dr. Mary Jelks on Myakka River State Park--oral history project. Click here for
Trailer at Tucker's Camp Retires
The Spartan Mansion trailer located at Tucker's Camp was removed from the Carlton Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, 2014. Bill Lemons from La Porte IN prepared the trailer for transport and then pulled it out of the Carlton to be renovated at his facility. This saved the County the expense of removing it while providing Bill Lemons with a "project" for his hobby. Thanks goes to Kenya Leonard who recognized that the 1949 Spartan trailer could be a "collectible". Thanks also goes to Debbie Blanco who coordinated the project and let the Friends group find a future owner. It was the Wednesday morning Sarasota County volunteer crew who did the actual work of preparing the route for the trailer out of the Carlton via the South Border Trail. The removal effort was on schedule and according to plan. Amazing!
More Tucker's Camp History
We think the trailer was placed at Tucker's Camp on the south border before the Carlton was in public ownership when a hunt lease was granted to Boyce Blackmon. Boyce sublet the southern part of the Carlton to the Tucker family who owned Tucker's Sporting Goods near 5 points in downtown Sarasota for many years,
Volunteers man the cabin as often as possible. Russ Johnson and Bruce Hamill are often "on duty" to answer questions about the Carlton Reserve and offer a bottle of water or a cup of coffee.
Non-consumptive vs. hunting: Plenty of Space For Hunting Besides Parks by Paula Dockery (REP legislator:16 years in Florida House)
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The Carlton was once the site of cattle operations and turpentining. Six miles northeast of the historic cabin (donated and reassembled in the Carlton from its location on Phillippi Creek), now serving as the visitors center, is Windy Sawgrass Camp with this original storage shed, restored bunkhouse, cookshack, stables, dipping vat, and a working windmill.
Buster Longino talks on turpentine industry, ranching, Sarasota County history, natural lands, conservation, water resources. Click here