Sarasota captivates with beaches and big tops
In the day when the marriage of Tom Thumb could bump the Civil War from the front page, John Ringling and four of his seven brothers launched a circus empire in Baraboo, Wis., and in 1927 made Sarasota its winter home. Today, while headquarters have moved to Virginia, Ringlings legacy is all over Sarasota. Here is a view inside the old-time circus town. Circuses were hives of American folk art, employing artisans of every skill. This wooden sunburst wagon wheel hand-painted with gold leaf belonged to one of the parade wagons on display at the Ringling Museum.
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