Not long ago in this early 1900's building, the Coffee Cup
restaurant served as a gathering place in Ruskin, a place to share coffee,
homemade pies and good fellowship.
Today all that remains of the Coffee Cup is a cleared bit
of land, fond memories and a longing for what might have been, if only the
building had been saved.
Another Ruskin building of community historical and cultural significance is
the Ruskin Theatre. It sits empty, forlorn and threatened. It is located in
the heart of Ruskin along the highway US 41 (Tamiami Trail). But is the
Ruskin Theatre still in the hearts and memory of Ruskin residents?
The Ruskin History
Project not only believes that historic Ruskin buildings should be
saved for future generations, we believe that they CAN be saved.
Some historic Ruskin buildings are
already in good hands and are well cared for. These include the Ruskin
College President's Home, under the care of the Ruskin Women's Club, and the
A. P. Dickman House now owned by Drs. Mac Miller & Melanie Hubbard.
At risk, are homes and buildings that
have historic value, but have little value to the present owners other than
the underlying dirt.
The Ruskin History Project welcomes
your comments and contributions. If you have stories, written articles or
have photos relating to the history of Ruskin, please share those with us.
We are not asking to keep the originals, only to make copies of them to be
shared by everyone.
The Ruskin History Project, Inc. is a
Florida non-profit corporation.
Please contact us for more information:
Dr. A. (Mac) McA.
We are exploring ways that historic
Ruskin buildings can be preserved, either at their present locations, or if
need be, moved and preserved at a new location. As we all know, once a
building has been approved for demolition, there is very little time to act
to save it. We all need to be able to come together quickly when the time
comes to act.
We encourage you to join our growing
email list of concerned citizens to stay informed and to share what you know
about Ruskin's historic buildings.
your contact information
The Ruskin History Project
P.O. Box 879
Ruskin, Florida 33575-0879