Above: Original Sarasota snowbird Bertha Palmer (foreground) takes a stroll on her property in what is today known as Palmer Ranch. [Image courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!]
Of all the communities within Sarasota, few showcase the lifestyle that's been developed here quite like Palmer Ranch. Encompassing a number of unique neighborhoods, the 10,000-acre area has evolved dramatically since its beginnings.
When the Scots first came to Sarasota in the late 1800s, the land upon which Palmer Ranch would be founded was largely palm trees and palmettos. It wasn't until Bertha Palmer came to town that the land started adding to the culture of Sarasota, and has continued to do so ever since.
Mrs. Palmer came to Sarasota from Chicago in 1910 as a…