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

The Wiggins Store

 
 
The Wiggins Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
1. The Wiggins Store Marker
Inscription. Restored on the original building site, the Wiggins Store was built by King Wiggins in 1903. The fact that it was one of the areas first brick buildings is significant because, prior to the arrival of the railroad, brick could only be brought in by boat.

This was a time of rapid growth for the Village of Manatee. The arrival of the railroad, electricity, telegraph, telephones, street cars and automobiles combined to move the center of business from the river front to Manatee Avenue.

Wiggins was a forward-looking entrepreneur who recognized the need for a larger store near the railroad. He designed the new multi-purpose building for a store on the ground floor with a rooming house on the second floor to accommodate those who would make the several-day trip from remote sections of the county. Porches on three sides made the building energy efficient as did a building technique of providing air pockets between two layers of brick. This building was one of the first buildings south of Tampa to utilize an elevator. A gathering spot for the Manatee community, its customers combined business with pleasure and took the time to listen to Wiggins phonograph or play a game of checkers.

Over the years, the building was used for beauty and barber shops, general store, hotel, apartments, and finally as migrant housing
The Wiggins Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
2. The Wiggins Store and Marker
The marker is on the right-hand side of the picture behind the brick fence pillars.
before it was condemned and boarded up in 1983. The Manatee County Historical Commission acquired the building in 1985 and after a lengthy fund raising campaign and careful restoration, reopened the Wiggins Store to the public in 1990.
 
Location. 27° 29.715′ N, 82° 32.882′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker can be reached from Manatee Avenue East near 14th Street East. Touch for map. This marker is located inside the Manatee Village Historical Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404 Manatee Avenue 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Florida Cracker Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bassett Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1887 Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manatee Burying Ground (about 300 feet away); The Bunker Hill School (about 400 feet away); Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Also see . . .  Manatee Village Historical Park. "Step back into time at the Manatee
The Wiggins General Store image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
3. The Wiggins General Store
Village Historical Park. Visit this collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity."
No Admission - Donations Appreciated. (Submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 
 
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The Wiggins Store Counter image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
4. The Wiggins Store Counter
Hotel Room image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
5. Hotel Room
One of many display cases image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
6. One of many display cases
Laundry Display image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
7. Laundry Display
Train outside the entrance to the park image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
8. Train outside the entrance to the park
Manatee Village Historical Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
9. Manatee Village Historical Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 4, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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