Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church
/ Established 1849
Manatee County was created by legislative action signed January 9, 1855, from Hillsborough, St. Lucie, and Monroe Counties. Five years later, in 1860, Josiah Gates and Mary, his wife, deeded to Manatee County a parcel of land located here to be the county seat and a courthouse built thereon. The building was completed the same year at a cost of $700 and served as a courthouse and school until 1866 when the county seat was moved to Pine Level.
Oldest church of any denomination south of Tampa on Florida's west coast. Lot located here was sold to John W. Curry, Ezekiel Clazier and James G. Cooper in 1866 for the Manatee Methodist Church. It is believed that the church ownership of this represents the longest private ownership of land in Manatee County.
Erected 1966 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials in cooperation with Manatee County Historical Society. (Marker Number F-137.)
Location. 27° 29.796′ N, 82° 32.858′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street East and 4th Avenue East, on the right when traveling north on 15th Street East. Touch for map. Marker is at or
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fogarty Boat Works (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wiggins Store (about 500 feet away); The Florida Cracker Trail (about 600 feet away); The Stephens House (about 700 feet away); Manatee Burying Ground (about 700 feet away); Manatee Mineral Spring (about 700 feet away); William Bassett Chapter (about 700 feet away); The 1887 Church (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
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Also see . . . Documentation of Historical Marker erected at 1st Manatee County Courthouse and Manatee Methodist. The 1887 Methodist Church and the antebellum 1860 wooden Manatee County Court House were documented prior to their move to the Manatee Village Historical Park as part of Manatee County’s American Revolution Bicentennial 1776 – 1976 project. These two buildings were important to the original settlement of Manatee, later called East Bradenton. (Submitted on March 23, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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