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Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Stephens House
 
The Stephens House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
1. The Stephens House Marker
 
Inscription. A prime example of the “Cracker Gothic” style, this home was built in 1912 by the Will Stephens family. It is an excellent representation of a Florida rural frame house during the period between the 1870's and World War I. This third home on the Stephens homestead, established in 1894, was located in what has become western Hardee County.

The pine timber and heart pine blocks used to build the house were cut on the homestead. There was no electricity and the fireplace was used for heat. For cooling, the house was raised about 2-1/2 feet, allowing air to circulate from under the house into the interior through cracks in the floor. A pitcher pump on the back porch supplied water. Porches on three sides shaded and cooled the breeze before it entered the house. The large central hallway or “dog-trot” with a high ceiling funneled the cooled air through the house.

The International Minerals and Chemical Corporation acquired the homestead and donated the house to the Manatee County Historical Commission. It was moved to the park in February 1982. Restoration of the structure was completed by volunteer labor with funds contributed from the community. It was opened to the public in 1984.
 
Location. 27° 29.689′ N, 82° 32.871′ 
 
The Stephens House Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
2. The Stephens House
 
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 (a few steps from this marker); The 1887 Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wiggins Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fogarty Boat Works (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); Manatee Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); The Florida Cracker Trail (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Also see . . .  Manatee Village Historical Park. "Step 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.) 
 
Interior Hallway Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
3. Interior Hallway
Notice the Kitchen is straight ahead and the hall "Y"s to allow airflow through out the home.
 
 
Kitchen Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
4. Kitchen
 
 
Living Room Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
5. Living Room
 
 
Bedroom 1 Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
6. Bedroom 1
 
 
Bedroom 2 Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
7. Bedroom 2
 
 
Bedroom 3 Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
8. Bedroom 3
 
 
Bedroom 4 Photo, Click for full size
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
9. Bedroom 4
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 360 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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