HISTORICAL TOUR OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
For more information on Anna Maria Island, visit: ANNA MARIA ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; ANNA MARIA ISLAND GUIDE; ANNA MARIA ISLAND HISTORY MUSEUM; ANNA MARIA ISLAND.NET; and ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
ANNA MARIA ISLAND was first settled at the start of the twentieth
century by Tampa Mayor MADISON POST who named the island for his wife
Maria and his sister-in-law Anna. Just as Cuban fishermen were the first
visitors to the island at the southern mouth of Tampa Bay,
Post's settlement was soon dominated by nautical types.
Captain Mitchell Davis was elected the first
mayor. Farming was mostly homesteading. In 1912, CHARLES MARTIN ROSER,
inventor of the Fig Newton, started the ANNA MARIA BEACH LAND COMPANY with
pioneer settler GEORGE EMERSON BEAN who first settled the (Bean) Point
at the island's end.
If you are arriving from FL 64 (Bradenton), you should stop at the DESOTO NATIONAL
MEMORIAL, on 75th Street Northwest,
honoring the landing of Hernan de Soto and his
troops in 1539. Besides the museum, visitor center, and a nature trail passing
the tabby ruins of a old homestead, there are
exhibitions of Spanish colonial activities in the winter.
If you head north past BRADENTON PUBLIC
BEACH along Gulf Boulevard you might want to look at some of the oldest
Gulf houses on BEACH STREET, including
the Tudor home of Talmot Mundy, creator of the Jack
Turn right on PINE STREET, Anna Maria Island's original main road, with its OLD JAIL,
and stores. At the foot of Pine is the historic CITY PIER, first built
in 1910. A right turn goes to the yacht basin, a left turn to Bean Point.
Anna Maria Island – Old Post Card Rosier Church
Anna Maria Pier
GULF DRIVE is the hotel's
hotel row, where old estates like newsman Walter Lippmann's estate (was at 5400
Gulf) have been torn done for high rises. The 1925 HARRINGTON HOUSE,
however, is now a notable bed and breakfast.
Heading southward along Bradenton
Beach, you should turn bayside over
the Cortez Road Bridge
into CORTEZ, an old fishing
village where a drive down 124th
Street will lead to the 1890 JESSE BURTON
STORE, the CHURCH OF GOD. Off 123rd Street is the 1906 CAPTAIN
BILLIE FULFORD HOUSE. The store is a maritimne museum and there are lots of traditional old fish camp style seafood restaurants..
CORTEZ and SOUTH BRADENTON BEACH
Cortez-South Bradenton Beach Map *** Popular Seafood Place in Cortez Community
Pelicans and Seagulls Line The Cortez Docks *** Old Burton Store in Cortez
FL 684 (Cortez Road) will lead eastward to US4l.
If you continue south on FL 789 (Gulf
Boulevard), you'll cross the bridge onto Longboat