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

The 1890 Bratton Store/The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse

 
 
The 1890 Bratton Store side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 25, 2017
1. The 1890 Bratton Store side of marker
Inscription. (side 1)
The 1890 Bratton Store

In the 1890s, William C. Bratton built the first commercial building at Hunter's Point, the original name of the area eventually to be called Cortez. The building served as post office, general store and steamboat wharf and connected the village's fishing families with the outside world. In 1900, rooms were added creating an inn which became known at the Albion Inn. Expanded over time, the Albion Inn along with the 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse served as refuge for the displaced residents of the small village during the destructive 1921 hurricane. In 1974, the inn closed and the property was sold to the US Coast Guard. Community effort spearheaded by the Cortez Village Historical Society and the Organized Fisherman of Florida saved the store from demolition in 1991. It was moved to this site in 2006.
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The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse
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The Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse was constructed in 1912 as one of six schools built by Manatee County that year. It replaced an older one room structure that still stands in the village. Originally three classrooms, in 1933, under a Federal Works Progress Administration program, the middle classroom was extended into an auditorium
The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 25, 2017
2. The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse side of marker
with stage forming a T-shaped floor plan. It was used as a school until 1961, when it was leased to an art school. it was ultimately sold to Robert Sailors, a master weaver, who made the building his home and studio. In 1999, Manatee County purchased the property and carefully restored the building. In 2006, it was reopened as a museum and community center. The Cortez Schoolhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Cortez Historic District.
 
Erected 2006 by The Manatee County Historical Commission with the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Location. 27° 28.055′ N, 82° 40.828′ W. Marker is in Cortez, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of 119th Street West and 45th Avenue West, on the left when traveling south on 119th Street West. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Florida Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4415 119th St W, Cortez FL 34215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Village of Cortez (approx. 0.3 miles away); Palma Sola Community Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Shaw's Point Archeological District (approx. 4.3
The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 25, 2017
3. The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse
miles away); Holy Eucharist Monument and Memorial Cross (approx. 4.4 miles away); DeSoto Trail (approx. 4˝ miles away); De Soto Trail Monument (approx. 4˝ miles away); La Florida's Early Peoples (approx. 4˝ miles away); Hernando de Soto (approx. 4˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Florida Maritime Museum. (Submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
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The 1890 Bratton Store image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 25, 2017
4. The 1890 Bratton Store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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