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Garden 395 John Browning

Posted By Johanna Falkenhagen, Thursday, April 17, 2014

Founders Park, Aventura Florida, John Browning 

John Browning as well as his family, all resided in Paisley Scotland. John Browning was a carpenter and operated a wagon making shop. Around mid 1885, a pamphlet was being passed around mentioning all the opportunities that were in the United States, more specifically Florida. John Browning immediately sold their property in Scotland and sailed to Florida on the Furnessia on November 25,1885. When Browning and his family arrived at Florida, they realized that this so called “promise town” wasn’t even built yet. Although some of the other pioneers felt like they weren’t up to the challenge of creating a new town from scratch, the Browning family decided to stay and quickly became one of the most important contributors to the city of Sarasota. Being the owner of a lumber mill and a woodworking shop, John Browning was an expert craftsman and was always involved with the Sarasota projects. John Browning made a name for himself and became an important person in the history of Florida by creating buildings for the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company and its officials, and by later on becoming a general contractor and helping the city go from a patch of land with nothing but trees an empty space, to an actual inhabitable community. The Browning family was responsible for a large percent of the development of what came to be the city of Sarasota. John Browning also had two sons named Alex Browning and Hugh Browning. Both of his sons also played an important role in the development of Sarasota. Alex Browning became an architect and was responsible for designing many of Sarasota’s buildings and also worked for the U.S government in Cuba. When he returned, he was appointed Commissioner of Public works for the City of Sarasota. Hugh Browning also lived in Sarasota and was a contractor and worked for Sarasota’s city council. All in all, the whole entire Browning family was a huge contribution to the State of Florida. I have planted a garden in Memory of John Browning. Since John Browning helped to grow and establish the state of Florida, I am now growing and establishing a garden in his name, as a way to give back and return all his efforts, by making his name public and available for a lot of people to read and know his history and accomplishments.

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