Rosemary Cemetary

Rosemary Cemetary


Location: West side Central Avenue between 6th and 10th Streets
Rosemary Cemetery is burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor and local manager for Florida Mortgage and Investment Co., British land developers of the municipality. The cemetery was set aside in plat Town of Sarasota, filed on July 27, 1886 by the promoters of the ill-fated Ormiston Colony and was deeded to the incorporated City seventeen years later. Early families with members interred here include Abbe, Browning, Burns, Grantham, Cunliff, Halton, Higel, Pelot and Whitaker, among others.

Owen Burns purchased the founding corporation's holdings in 1910. His influence has been credited with guiding the true flowering of the city laid out by the Scots.