October 24 - 30, 2011 John Hamilton Gillespie Celebration Week ✯ ✯ ✯ The week-long party celebrating the Father of Sarasota…and golf was a big success! From O'Leary's Kick-off Party, Jeff LaHurd's New Book, Jacobites Bagpipers, Trolley Tours, Kiwanis Golf Tournament, and Hartman Gallery Photography Exhibition, to the Palm Avenue Street Party, The Macallan VIP Scotch Tasting, Lunch in Rosemary Cemetery, and Walking Tour of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood - every special event was a wonderful way to honor Sarasota's history.
Owen Burns was instrumental in the development of Laurel Park in Sarasota, Florida. He purchased considerable holdings of land in the area from John Hamilton Gillespie and developed Washington Park and the Owen Burns Subdivisions. The Burns & McAlpin Company laid most of the brick streets throughout the neighborhood.
Laurel Park was awarded National Register distinction in February 2008.