Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
In 1868, firearms manufacturer James Warner moved his family from Springfield, Massachusetts, to Manatee County, where he hoped to regain his health. He built a home on the shore of the Manatee River about half a mile east of this marker. The Warners were among the earliest northern families to settle in this area after the Civil War: Warner's Bayou bears their name. James Warner died about a year after his arrival, leaving his wife, Eleanor, and several children. In 1884, a son, Warburton S. Warner, founded a town, Palma Sola, on a portion of the family homestead. He promoted it as “the youngest and largest town in Florida made up largely of New England people, where no liquor is sold.” The name "Palma Sola” commemorated a single tall date palm that dominated the skyline on Snead Island, directly across the river from McNeil Point. The central section of town, which consisted of a huge sawmill and the homes of the men who operated it, was located on the point. The town also boasted the two-story Palma Sola Hotel, a general store said to be the largest between Cedar Keys and Key West, a long wharf,
pine and cypress lumber were shipped to New England, and the Palma Sola area also achieved some note as a shipping point for produce and livestock. Warburton Warner's hopes for Palma Sola were never completely fulfilled. He sought to sell land in an area extending from the Manatee River southward to Sarasota Bay, and from the range line starting at Shaw's Point, eastward to today's 34th Street, at prices ranging from five to twenty dollars per acre. Palma Sola grew and prospered for a time but began a gradual decline after the sawmill was destroyed by fire. Palma Sola's former central section is now a residential area. Warburton Warner's home, “Sans Terre,” still stands on the shore of the Manatee River a short distance to the east, a reminder of Manatee County's pioneer days.
Erected 1980 by Manatee County Historical Dociety in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-294.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 27° 30.562′ N, 82° 37.041′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5900 Riverview Boulevard, Bradenton FL 34209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Adams and Rogers Cemeteries (approx. one mile away); Snead Island / Seventh Day Adventist School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shaw's Point Archeological District (approx. 1.7 miles away); Holy Eucharist Monument and Memorial Cross (approx. 1.8 miles away); De Soto Point (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tabby House Ruins (approx. 1.8 miles away); Palma Sola Community Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hernando de Soto (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
Also see . . . Palma Sola - Ghost Town. Originally referred to as the Village of Palma Sola, the town was platted in 1886 and for a time was the largest city in Manatee County. As the story goes, a solitary palm tree at the edge of the Manatee River guided sailors to safe harbor and drew seamen to settle in the area. (Submitted on March 20, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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