Venice enjoys a rich cultural heritage that shapes our sense of place.

Venice Heritage Inc. (VHI) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Venice area’s rich cultural heritage, including the surrounding communities of Osprey, Laurel, and Nokomis.

Preservation and Education

As an advocate for historic preservation, VHI educates the public about the area’s history and provides financial and logistical support to the city-owned Venice Museum & Archives.

Restoration of Historic Assets

Built in 1896, the Lord-Higel House is the second oldest residence in Sarasota County and once served as a residence to entrepreneur Joseph Lord and grove manager/newsman George Higel. Having occupied several locations during its lifetime, the historic home is now located behind City Hall on Granada Avenue. Saved from demolition by the City of Venice’s Historic Preservation Board, restoration of the Lord-Higel House is being completed by preservationists and VHI volunteers, and will eventually provide a glimpse of life for early settlers to the area.

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Do you have a relative or friend deserving of special recognition?

LordHigelHouse-rockingchairHonor them in a meaningful and lasting way while making a significant contribution to the Venice community.

With a $500 contribution to Venice Heritage, a teak rocking chair with  plaque bearing that special person’s name will be placed on the porch of the historic Lord-Higel House that is currently being restored. Proceeds from this recognition program will support completion of the restoration project.