Historical figures in the banner are (L-R):  Rev. Jesse Knight, Frank Higel, Bertha Honoré Palmer, Dr. Fred Albee, John Nolen

Historical figures in the banner above are (L-R): 

Rev. Jesse Knight, Frank Higel, Bertha Honoré Palmer, Dr. Fred Albee, John Nolen

Welcome to VAHS

Tours of the Circus Car and Train Depot:

Saturdays - 10 AM to 1 PM

“Come!  Celebrate history with us!”

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Circus Train Car Museum

February 23, 2023

Photo Courtesy of Prion Photography

L-R:  Nick Pachota, Venice Mayor; Nicole Rissler, Director of Sarasota County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources; Mary Huba, VAHS Project Co-Leader; Chuck (Chucko the Clown) Sidlow; Kenneth Feld, CEO Feld Entertainment; Juliette Feld Grossman, COO Feld Entertainment; George Miller, VAHS Project Co-Leader; Frank Wright, VAHS President; Nancy Detert, Sarasota County Commissioner

The circus train car arrived at the Historic Venice Depot on January 28, 2021.  Check the calendar for tour dates and times. Thank you to all supporters!

Watch a 19-minute video of the Circus Train Car move to the Depot by clicking here.

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(Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and The Greatest Show On Earth® trademarks are used under license from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc.)

We Need Your Help! Fundraising is ongoing for VAHS programs and maintenance of the circus train car and caboose.  For more information, click here.

Visiting Venice's Historic 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.

Upcoming Depot and Circus Car Tours & Events

Click here to go to Lecture Series

Click logo above to see a calendar of upcoming programs in the series.


There are many benefits to becoming a member of VAHS.  All members receive both the Society’s newsletter and first-hand notification of Society events.  Members also participate in Society decision making by attending member meetings. To become a member of VAHS, click here now.  Alternatively, you can download the VAHS Membership Brochure, or contact information@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org.

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