June 16, 2009 · 7:00 PM
** ROAD TRIP **
Sorry - I could not find an evening venue in Cassadaga. Instead, I've chosen the PICO building in historic downtown Sanford. Built as a hotel in 1887 for Henry B. Plant, President of the Plant Investment Co.
(PICO), this building served as a terminal hotel for the railroads and river steamboats that served Sanford. The architect was W.T. Cotter of Sanford (designer of the Cathedral of St. Augustine) and the builder was H.M. Papworth Construction Co. (Papworth was also Sanford's Fire Chief). The Turkish style resembles Plant's Tampa Bay Hotel. An onion dome originally topped the corner tower and a striped
metal awning surrounded the first floor. For many years Bertha Takash ran a restaurant in the hotel. The brick building next door was also built by Mr. Plant in 1887 as additional retail space.
This building is reputed to be haunted by a woman-of-the-night who ended her life when her sailer lover rejected her. Should be an interesting writing experience.
We're writing at this meet-up - not reading previously written material. We'll write whatever comes to our minds...should be interesting.