Near Palmetto in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Benevolence, a Baptist church, formed the stable institutional backbone of the community. Formally organized in 1868, Benevolence loaned its facilities to other religious and secular groups in the area, emphasizing frontier cooperation rather than competition, and provided inspiration and leadership to nearby Baptist and other congregations. Gillette First Baptist Church is the present-day successor to Benevolence.
Gillette has been known through the years as an agricultural community, producing winter vegetables, cattle, and citrus.
Erected 1980 by Gillette Go-Getters 4-H Club in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-290.)
Location. 27° 36.077′ N, 82° 31.694′ W. Marker is near Palmetto, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of Moccasin Wallow Road and Ellenton-Gillette Road, on the left when traveling west on Moccasin Wallow Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3301 Moccasin Wallow Road, Palmetto FL 34221, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rubonia Women's Club (approx. 2.2 miles away); Gamble Sugar Cane Mill (approx. 4.9 miles away); Old Memphis Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Lincoln Memorial High School (approx. 5.4 miles away); Gamble Mansion and Plantation (approx. 5½ miles away); Craig Sugar Mill Chimney (approx. 5½ miles away); Site of Atwood Grove and Origin of World's 1st Pink Grapefruit / (approx. 5.6 miles away); Parrish (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palmetto.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 39 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on July 28, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.