Historical Society Brings History to Wilton Drive

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History is popping up on Wilton Drive.

In an effort to get more exposure for the Wilton Manors Historical Society, the Zig Zag Building has been made into a temporary museum.

Inside the Zig Zag Building, 2201 Wilton Drive, Historical Society members have put three old photographs on display: a car crash at Five Points, one of Manor Market, which is now the strip mall the Zig Zag Building is attached to, and one of Tropics before it became Tropics. “Those are the three old photos that people like the most,” said Adrienne Foland, vice president of the Historical Society.

In addition to the photographs, there are also Historical Society books for sale, including Wilton Manors From Farming Community To Urban Village, membership pamphlets, a display board in a window showcasing a 1920s Wilton Manors sales brochure, and an advertisement for the Historical Society’s annual meeting – Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Manor House at Richardson Park.

“The minute we put up the display boards people walking by stopped and started reading it,” said Foland, who thanked Anthony LoGrande, owner of the Zig Zag Building, for letting the organization use the space for free.

At the event, the Historical Society will honor Nancy Sawallis, a resident who lived in Wilton Manors for 70 years, and Arthur Chabot, a former village council member who was one of the city’s first realtors. He built apartments behind the strip mall where Out of the Closet is located. Chabot served on the council from 1947 to1952 when Wilton Manors had not yet incorporated as a city. Also being honored are the developers who replaced the former trailer park with the current Belle Isle development.

The annual meeting is free and open to the public.

“It’s very fun and educational and it doesn’t always get a lot of turnout,” said Foland about the annual meeting. “Which is too bad because it’s such an interesting event.” There will be hors d'oeuvres, wine and refreshments.

The historical display will be open Friday, Jan. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. Other hours may be announced soon. For more information on other operation times, call 954-205-6594.


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