Social Life on the Homefront

During the 1910s, Sarasota remained a resort town for wealthy northerners. During its development boom, the city attracted more permanent residents. Many of these new citizens hailed from the same social class as those who only visited Sarasota on vacation. These people lived a life of luxury on the Gulf, frequenting the beach and playing poker for charity. Some got involved in the Sarasota Woman’s Club. This lifestyle is chronicled by the diary of Ann Hall. Overall, the following sections intend to provide the reader with a sense of what everyday life was like for many Sarasotans during the Great War.

Please note that the general focus of this section on upper class, white individuals is not intended to erase the history of less privileged individuals living in Sarasota at this time. Unfortunately, records of Sarasota during the 1910s contain significantly more information on upper class, white citizens than those belonging to a lower economic class and/or different racial or ethnic identity. Beginning in the 1920s, more information on less privileged groups is available, but this time period extends beyond the scope of this website. For further information on the history of one of Sarasota’s minority communities, please click here.