About Us

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Historic Sanford Welcome Center is to enrich the Sanford experience by serving as a communications hub; operating as a welcome center to provide education and information, marketing Sanford as an arts, culture, recreation and historic destination.

 

WHAT WE OFFER

Stop in the Historic Sanford Welcome Center for information on our local businesses, restaurants, history, events, and activities. Experience the rich history and the revitalized businesses that provide a number of special activities to do in Historic Sanford, Florida. Immerse yourself in the history of the steamboat days then transport to a vibrant waterfront small town filled with a flourishing arts district, antique and specialty shops, special events, live music and unique restaurants.

Spend an afternoon in the Historic Downtown Sanford setting with brick streets, restored buildings and sidewalk cafes. Stroll or bike our beautiful Riverwalk along Lake Monroe. Browse for that one of a kind treasure or enjoy the arts, food, and live music Sanford, Florida has to offer. Discover Sanford Florida and experience first hand the renaissance that has regenerated Historic Downtown Sanford. The rare blend of historic landmarks and the new found spirit have redefined the alluring small town charm that has been the hallmark of Sanford Florida for so many years. The new energy and culture of Sanford Florida has spawned a creative enclave of specialty art galleries and gift shops that has developed into a uniquely diverse Arts District.

 

ABOUT SANFORD

Sanford is more than just a city rich in history. Sanford is a place where everyone feels like they belong and the spirit of southern hospitality is experienced on every street corner. Take the time to stroll the residential streets that are lined with beautiful city parks and hundreds of turn of the century homes, adorned with hundred year old oaks that whisper the secrets of the past.

Our history dates back to the early 1800′s when Sanford was once a hub for commerce on the St. John’s River. The city sits on the south shore of Lake Monroe at the head of navigation on the St. John’s River, a 9,406 acre lake and offers beautiful lake views.  Sanford’s Riverwalk is a perfect place to take an afternoon stroll and lends a picturesque place to watch the sun set over Lake Monroe.

First Street is the center of the historic downtown. Historic buildings,  revitalized brick streets and period appropriate light posts are a few of the things that will transport your spirit back in time. The Victorian-era cottages that adorn the surrounding residential area are lovingly restored and framed with gingerbread trim and picket fences.  We invite you to our wonderful city to savor our history and pride in our past. Make Sanford your next destination in Central Florida!  Visit the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, the hub for information on Sanford Florida businesses, arts and events.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Margie Chusmir - President

Brian Casey – Vice President

Marilyn Maples – Treasurer

Celina Yebba – Secretary

Sherrie Wysong

Len Surdin