The Little White Church at Bee Ridge
In 1915, Bee Ridge, then part of Manatee County, supported a train station, post office, hotel, general store, and school. A second wave of settlers who moved into Bee Ridge desired a church in their community. In January, 1917, the Reverend J. F. Winnard, D.D., Superintendent of Missions in St. John's Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., organized the Presbyterian Church of Bee Ridge, Florida, with twenty-nine charter members. Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church thus became the second Presbyterian Church in the Sarasota area.
Mrs. Potter Palmer, through the Sarasota-Venice Company, presented the church with two corner lots at Proctor and McIntosh Roads. A congregation-appointed building committee, under Elder J. F. Robie, began construction. The Home Mission Committee in Atlanta provided a loan to cover the cost of the building. Dedication was on December 7, 1919.
A major hurricane in 1926 demolished the church. While using the Bee Ridge Baptist Church for services, the congregation rebuilt the church and dedicated it on March 8, 1927.
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In 1989, the Albritton family completed restoration of the Little White Church, in memory of family members.
The much beloved Little White Church is presently used for the 8:30 a.m. Sunday service, small groups, weddings, and special services, and continues to be a vital part of the worship at Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church.
Erected 1999 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1917.
Location. 27° 16.981′ N, 82° 28.908′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bee Ridge Woman's Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilson Family and Home (approx. 1.4 miles away); Riverview High School (approx. 2.2 miles away); Railroad History (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bispham Dairy (approx. 3 miles away); The Edson Keith Estate (approx. 3.2 miles away); Friendship Baptist Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Fruitville Elementary School (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.