Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Florida Naval Stores
The Naval stores industry, as the name implies, was once the backbone of every nations navy. The wood, tar, caulk, and other materials derived from the pine tree were needed to build, repair and waterproof wooden ships. America was home to large pine forests and became a vital part of British, Spanish, and later, United States Naval Stores industries. After navies began making their ships out of iron and steel, the chief product of the naval stores became turpentine and pine tar. These two products were common in many areas of life, from patent medicines to construction.
During the 19th century, naval stores were Florida’s second largest industry. Turpentine camps were abundant across Florida including Manatee County. Smaller turpentine stills such as this one, once dotted Florida’s pinewood forests and processed the rosin or gum which had been extracted from the trees, turning it into turpentine from the condensation of the vapors out of the kettle to resin (the remaining viscous liqueur and after distillation). These ingredients were used to make products that were used in everything from sailing vessels to patent medicines.
Erected by Manatee County Historical Commission.
Location. 27° 29.71′ Touch for map. Located inside the Manatee Village Historical Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404 Manatee Ave East, Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fogarty Boat Works (a few steps from this marker); The Wiggins Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker); Manatee Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bassett Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Cabbage Head (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1887 Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Florida Cracker Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 12, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.