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Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The 1887 Church

 
 
The 1887 Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
1. The 1887 Church Marker
Inscription. Construction of this historic church was started in 1887. Completion was delayed until 1889 due to a yellow fever epidemic which claimed the lives of the pastor and many members of the congregation. Used to house the first Christian congregation south of Tampa on the Florida mainland, it served as a place of worship for 85 years. Donated by the Manatee United Methodist Church, it was moved two blocks to the Manatee Village Historical park in 1975. A United States Bi-Centennial preservation project, the church is restored to its original size and configuration. Dedicated on July 4, 1976, the church is across from the Manatee Burying Ground were many of the original congregation are buried.

The circular stained glass window over the pulpit is original to the church. This design, usually referred to as a Star of David, is also called a Star of Creation. A very popular Christian symbol in the 1880's, it is frequently found in nineteenth century churches.

The church remains a consecrated house of worship and is frequently used for baptisms, weddings, memorial services and other religious events.
 
Erected 1976 by United States Bi-Centennial Preservation Project.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Spirit of 76, America's Bicentennial Celebration
The 1887 Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
2. The 1887 Church and Marker
marker series.
 
Location. 27° 29.67′ N, 82° 32.857′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Manatee Avenue East and 14th Street East. Click for map. This marker is located inside the Manatee Village Historical Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Bassett Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bunker Hill School (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker); Manatee Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fogarty Boat Works (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wiggins Store (about 300 feet away); The Florida Cracker Trail (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study the First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Churchmarker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Manatee Village Historical Park. "Step
Church Interior image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
3. Church Interior
back into time at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Visit this collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity."
No Admission - Donations Appreciated. (Submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 

2. Historic United Methodist Sites - A Waymarking.com Category. On Waymarking.com a category was created to waymark the UMC historic sites. (Submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 

3. United Methodist Church Register of Historic Sites. This is the official UMC website. It lists all the UMC historic sites by state, country and designated number. (Submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Church Pulpit image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
4. Church Pulpit
Original Stained Glass Window above the pulpit.
Rear of Church and Stained Glass Window image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
5. Rear of Church and Stained Glass Window
Church Steeple image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
6. Church Steeple
United Methodist Church Historic Site #140 image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
7. United Methodist Church Historic Site #140
This church is designated a historic site by the United Methodist Church. The UMC designates many of its churches, buildings, and grounds as historic sites, each with a plaque and number. (See the links for more information.)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 519 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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