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

The Historic Cottages of Pine Avenue

 
 
The Historic Cottages of Pine Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, March 6, 2019
1. The Historic Cottages of Pine Avenue Marker
Inscription.  
In 1911, a group of businessmen from Anna Maria Island and St. Petersburg founded the Anna Maria Beach Company to develop the island into a resort community. The company cleared land, laid out streets and sidewalks, dug wells and laid water pipes, and built stores and rental cottages. Many of these cottages can be seen along Pine Avenue. As was custom, cottages were given names such as “Idlease,” “Seawaves,” “Coyne Cottage,” and “Marquette.”

These mostly wood cottages were built with wide shady porches and deep eaves. Tall, shaded windows drafted out hot air at the top and pulled cooler air at the bottom making the homes tolerable in Florida heat. Four artesian wells on the island provided water and according to the company’s brochure, the island water was supposed to have medicinal properties.

Islanders lived on fresh seafood from the surrounding waters and a variety of fruits and vegetables from their gardens. Homesteader George Emerson Bean supported his family by selling crops to the soldiers at Egmont Key during the Spanish-American War (1898).
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
 
Location. 27° 31.789′ N, 82° 44.08′ W. Marker is in Anna Maria, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker can be reached from Pine Avenue, 0.1 miles north of Crescent Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker located in Anna Maria Island Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 Pine Ave, Anna Maria FL 34216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Homes on the End of the Pier (here, next to this marker); The Old City Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); The City of Anna Maria Historical Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Island Playhouse (approx. ¼ mile away); The Anna Maria Pier (approx. ¼ mile away); Passage Key (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Bean's Point” / Early Legend (approx. 0.4 miles away); Welcome Home (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anna Maria.
 
Also see . . .  Anna Maria Island Historical Park. (Submitted on March 28, 2019.)
 
Marker detail: Roser Memorial Church and Cory Corner Cottage image. Click for full size.
Anna Maria Historical Society, March 6, 2019
2. Marker detail: Roser Memorial Church and Cory Corner Cottage
Roser Memorial Church (512 Pine Avenue) and Cory Corner Cottage (501 Pine Avenue) in 1924.Both were built using rusticated concrete block, a popular construction material at the time. Made a mold to resemble natural stone, these blocks were barged in from Tampa. They were less expensive than bricks and fire resistant.
Marker detail: Anna Maria Beach Company Brochure image. Click for full size.
Anna Maria Historical Society, March 6, 2019
3. Marker detail: Anna Maria Beach Company Brochure
Anna Maria Beach Brochure advertised the resort community of Anna Maria. The company built many of the early cottages on Pine Avenue.
Marker detail: Roser Cottage image. Click for full size.
Anna Marie Historical Society, March 6, 2019
4. Marker detail: Roser Cottage
Roser Cottage (519 Pine Avenue) in the early 1920s and today (shown below). The Anna Maria Island Society actively helps preserve the cottages and other historical features of the island. For more information on historic buildings, please visit the museum.
Anna Maria Historical Museum image. Click for full size.
Anna Marie Island Historical Museum, March 6, 2019
5. Anna Maria Historical Museum
Anna Maria Historical Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, March 6, 2019
6. Anna Maria Historical Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2024. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2024, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 24, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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