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

Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building

 
 
Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
1. Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building Marker
Inscription.  Manatee County's first Courthouse was built in 1859-1860, and is the oldest remaining building constructed as a county courthouse in the State of Florida. It was built on the original Courthouse Square at 15th Street East and Fourth Avenue, two blocks North of this location. It was moved to this site in December 1975 to prevent destruction.

The old Manatee Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1887, represents the oldest congregation of any denomination South of Tampa on the mainland of Florida. It was moved to this spot in 1975 to allow for the building of a Manatee United Methodist Church on the original site.
 
Erected 1981 by Manatee County Historical Commission in Cooperation with the Board of County Commissioners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1975.
 
Location. 27° 29.656′ N, 82° 32.856′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Manatee Avenue East and 14th Street East. This marker is located inside
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the Manatee Village Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bunker Hill School (a few steps from this marker); The 1887 Church (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bassett Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker); The Potter Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Manatee River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker); Manatee Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Life on the Florida Frontier: The Stephens Family (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study the First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church marker shown.
 
Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
2. Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building and Marker
The 1887 Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
3. The 1887 Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 784 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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