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First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton

 
 
First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 19, 2015
1. First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker (side 1)
Inscription.
(side 1)
The First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton is the oldest congregation in the bounds of the original Village of Bradenton and the oldest south of Tampa. In 1885, land was deeded to five trustees for the planned Braidentown Presbyterian Church. Meanwhile, the future congregants met for Sunday School on a dock at the west end of Prospect Avenue, today’s 15th Street West. The Church body was constituted April 4, 1886 with thirteen members by the Reverend James Shearer, Evangelist of St. Johns Presbytery. PCUS. Services were held at the “Duckwall House” on the river on Old Main Street, now 12th Street. In 1887 William B. Tresca began construction of the first church building, on the south side of Manatee Avenue and east of present 9th street. The first church officers elected were David Duckwell as Elder, with W.O. Wilson and C.O. Muller, Deacons.
(Continued on other side)
(side 2)
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In 1894 the original wood frame church building was moved west to the corner of Prospect and Manatee avenues. For thirteen years the congregation worshipped here. In 1907, the church was again moved a short distance east to the next block. In order to construct a new brick church. The congregation continued here, between
First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 19, 2015
2. First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker (side 2)
14th and 13th Streets, in the wood frame church until the brick church was completed in 1912. In 1949, the congregation, now called the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, (due to the change of the city’s name), engaged John Rasmusen to build the current sanctuary building which sits directly on Manatee Avenue. Two property acquisitions, the Mower property in 1965 and the Knight property in 1968, on the north side of the church, allowed the Activities Center to be built. First Presbyterian Church is in the Peace River Presbytery and was in the Southern Presbyterian Church is in the Peace River Presbytery and was in the Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS) until 1983 when it united with the PCUSA (Northern) Church.
 
Erected by Manatee County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 27° 29.738′ N, 82° 34.554′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street West and Manatee Avenue West (State Road 64), on the right when traveling south on 15th Street West. Click for map. Marker is across the street from the sanctuary building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1402 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton FL 34205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Carnegie Library (about 300 feet away, measured
First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 19, 2015
3. First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker
View of the marker across the street from the sanctuary
in a direct line); Courthouse Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bealls Centennial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida Highway Patrol School (approx. 0.2 miles away); 9th Avenue West Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bradenton Depot (approx. half a mile away); Major Adams Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Former Town of Fogartyville/Former Town of Wilhelmsenburg (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Also see . . .  First Presbyterian Church. (Submitted on March 20, 2015.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 19, 2015
4. First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton Marker
Long view of the marker location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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