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Take a tour of Historical Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota

Last week I joined a group of women on a self-guided tour of the Powel Crosley Estate across from the Sarasota airport.

The Florida winter home called Seagate was built in 1929 during part of the Gulf Coast Golden Age, similar in style to Ca’d’Zan, the Ringling family mansion down the road. The 11,000-square-foot home has 21 rooms and 10 baths, and the adjacent carriage house has room for three cars and servants’ quarters on the second floor. Originally the mansion had a swimming pool, a seaplane dock and yacht basin.

The estate has been renovated and showcases beautiful woodwork and tile designs throughout. It is currently used for conferences and a beautiful setting for sunset weddings.

Occasionally, museum docents are on site for free tours if interested in learning more about the home or the inventor Powel Crosley and his family. This is a fun place to visit for an hour to marvel how life may have been in Florida 94 years ago.

The back of Seagate faces the Bay
Love the tiled staircase
View from upstairs bedroom

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At the age of 51 I unexpectedly became a widow. For the first 6 months after my husband died, I was in shock and numb. I journaled and with the help of friends, family and therapists was able to get back to living my old life, even if it is now very different. Before I was married, I had spent a semester in England and backpacked around Europe. My husband and I moved from New York to California for 8 years and started a family. Travelling took a back seat to raising a family and going to work everyday. Since the loss of my husband I have visited a lot of places with family and friends and took a solo trip to Thailand. I am enjoying sharing my stories and adventures as well as some of my insights to how I am traveling the path of being a widow. I hope to share my stories and adventures as well as some thoughts on being a middle aged widow. While I have some great experiences traveling to Thailand and cruising to Central America, some of my adventures involve a trip to see a Broadway show in nearby Manhattan and a shopping trip at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If I can inspire anyone to go out and continue to live a good life that would be my greatest accomplishment.

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