Anna Maria in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The City of Anna Maria Historical Park
The Historical Society of Anna Maria Island Museum / Belle Haven Cottage / The City Jail
The Historical Society of Anna Maria Island Museum
Built in 1920 as an ice house on 402 Pine Avenue, the building was subsequently used as city hall, the police department, a firehouse and the Turtle House before the Society renovated it in 1992 to hold memorabilia from the turn of the century through the present.
Belle Haven Cottage
Built in 1920 over the water to the right of what today is the City Pier Restaurant. The cottage fell into Tampa Bay just a mere six years later due to diseased pilings. Purchased by Lyman Christy in 1926, it was barged around the North point to Palmetto Avenue on the Gulf side of Anna Maria where it remained for over eighty years. The Society, along with the three island cities, raised the money to have it moved to the site in 2001 when the land sold to new owners. It is a fine example of the Florida of yesteryear surrounded by the lush indigenous flora of an early barrier island.
The City Jail
Built in 1927 the need for a jail arose because there was a tavern-dance hall on the Gulf side of Pine Avenue. Those who frequented the hall would get
Erected 2007 by Manatee County Historical Commission with the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Law Enforcement • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 27° 31.767′ N, 82° 44.094′ W. Marker is in Anna Maria, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Crescent Drive, on the right when traveling south on Pine Avenue. The marker is in the Anna Maria Historical Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria FL 34216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old City Jail (a few steps from this marker); The Homes on the end of The Pier (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Cottages of Pine Avenue (within shouting The Island Playhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Anna Maria Pier (approx. 0.3 miles away); Passage Key (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Bean's Point” / Early Legend (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Village of Cortez (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anna Maria.
Regarding The City of Anna Maria Historical Park. This park site includes three different historical structures, all restored presented within the park: (1) The Historical Society of Anna Maria Island Museum, (2) Belle Haven Cottage, and (3) the Anna Maria City Jail.
Also see . . .
1. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. (Submitted on March 24, 2019.)
2. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. The Anna Maria Historical Society Museum occupies a building along Pine Avenue. Originally, it was built as an icehouse. After a serving several other purposes that includes an automotive garage, city office, a firehouse and the Turtle House, the building was turned into the Museum in 1992. (Submitted on March 20, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Historical Society is a must visit while vacationing on Anna Maria Island, Florida(Submitted on March 20, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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