Cortez in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The 1890 Bratton Store/The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse
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.
The 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse
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 6 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); DeSoto Trail (approx. 4½ miles away); Palma Sola Adams and Rogers Cemeteries (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Island Playhouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); The City of Anna Maria Historical Park (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Anna Maria Pier (approx. 5½ miles away).
Also see . . . Florida Maritime Museum. (Submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
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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 54 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.