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Welcome to the website of the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS).  VAHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded to celebrate and preserve the history of Venice, Florida and surrounding areas.

VAHS Needs and Welcomes Volunteers! 

There are many ways to participate in the activities of VAHS, and VAHS needs your skills and talents.  For more information, see Volunteer.

Did you know?

The "original" Venice Golf & Country Club was in a different location than the residential and golf community by that name that exists today east of Venice, Florida.  In 1926, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers began construction of the Venice Golf & Country Club as part of the initial development of their resort city.  The club was located on the east side of today’s Tamiami Trail, a few blocks from Venice’s downtown area.  Its grand opening in January 1927 was followed a month later by its first golf tournament. 


The clubhouse was built for $165,000 (today's value--$1.7 million).  It was designed in the Northern Italian motif by Harrison Gill and had two dining rooms, a commercial kitchen, a reception room, locker rooms, a cocktail lounge, and a covered patio.  It exuded luxury and comfort, with Tiffany chandeliers and a large ornate fireplace for the cooler months.  Although used minimally during the Depression, the clubhouse was revitalized during World War II when the military at the local airbase leased it for an officers' club.  In the 1970s, the property was sold for development, and the clubhouse was torn down for construction of the Venice Shopping Center.

Phone: 941-412-0151

Email: information@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org

Mailing: P.O. Box 995, Venice, Florida 34284-0995

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Fundraising has begun to “Preserve the Venice Depot’s Circus Train Heritage!” For more information, see the

Circus Train Car page.                                                                           

Both the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Kathleen K. Catlin Foundation at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County have awarded significant grants to VAHS to help preserve the Venice Depot’s Circus Train Heritage! VAHS welcomes Gulf Coast and the Community Foundation as partners in preserving Venice’s circus and railroad heritage in a visible and exciting way. For more information about the grants, see the Circus Train Car page.

Visit the Historic Venice Train Depot

If you are considering a trip to the Historic Venice Train Depot, either for yourself, your family and friends, or a large group, check out relevant information at The Depot.

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