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

First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church

/ Established 1849

 
 
First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 14, 2014
1. First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.
Marker Front:
Manatee County was created by legislative action signed January 9, 1855, from Hillsborough, St. Lucie, and Monroe Counties. Five years later, in 1860, Josiah Gates and Mary, his wife, deeded to Manatee County a parcel of land located here to be the county seat and a courthouse built thereon. The building was completed the same year at a cost of $700 and served as a courthouse and school until 1866 when the county seat was moved to Pine Level.

Marker Reverse:
Oldest church of any denomination south of Tampa on Florida's west coast. Lot located here was sold to John W. Curry, Ezekiel Clazier and James G. Cooper in 1866 for the Manatee Methodist Church. It is believed that the church ownership of this represents the longest private ownership of land in Manatee County.
 
Erected 1966 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials in cooperation with Manatee County Historical Society. (Marker Number F-137.)
 
Location. 27° 29.796′ N, 82° 32.858′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street East and 4th Avenue East, on the right when traveling north on 15th Street East. Click for map. Marker is at or
Wide view of the First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 14, 2014
2. Wide view of the First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church
near this postal address: 315 15th Street East, Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fogarty Boat Works (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wiggins Store (about 500 feet away); The Florida Cracker Trail (about 600 feet away); The Stephens House (about 700 feet away); Manatee Burying Ground (about 700 feet away); Manatee Mineral Spring (about 700 feet away); William Bassett Chapter (about 700 feet away); The 1887 Church (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Documentation of Historical Marker erected at 1st Manatee County Courthouse and Manatee Methodist. The 1887 Methodist Church and the antebellum 1860 wooden Manatee County Court House were documented prior to their move to the Manatee Village Historical Park as part of Manatee County’s American Revolution Bicentennial 1776 – 1976 project. These two buildings were important to the original settlement of Manatee, later called East Bradenton. (Submitted on March 23, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
Manatee County's first courthouse being used as a dwelling image. Click for full size.
Manatee County Public Library Historical Image Digital Collection, 1975
3. Manatee County's first courthouse being used as a dwelling
The original 1860 Manatee County Courthouse. It is seen here, still on the Methodist Church property on 15th Street East, shortly before it was moved to the Manatee Village Historical Park and restored to its original configuration. The additions made to it over the years are still attached.
Moving the 1860 Court House to the Manatee Village Historical Park image. Click for full size.
Manatee County Public Library Historical Image Digital Collection, December 4, 1975
4. Moving the 1860 Court House to the Manatee Village Historical Park
A tow truck pulls Manatee County's original 1860 courthouse building on a trailer from the property of the Manatee Methodist Church down 15th Street East and over to the Manatee Village Historical Park. The building had been used over the years by the church, first as a parsonage, then as low-cost rental housing. Later additions had to be removed from the building before transporting it over to the Historical Park.
Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
5. Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building
The Old Manatee County Courthouse was relocated to the nearby Manatee Village Historical Park. In 1976 it is was added to National Register of Historic Places.
Manatee Methodist Church before moving to the Historical Park image. Click for full size.
Manatee County Public Library Historical Image Digital Collection, October 4, 1974
6. Manatee Methodist Church before moving to the Historical Park
A rear view of the Manatee Methodist Church before it was moved to the Historical Park. Here it is in it's original location at 315 15th Street East in the Old Manatee settlement.
The 1887 Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
7. The 1887 Church and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.   6. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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