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Park Manager
Gamble Plantation
Historic State Park

Kevin works to preserve the only
antebellum sugar plantation
house in South Florida, and the
oldest building in Manatee
County. Confederate Secretary
of State, Judah P. Benjamin,
took refuge at the mansion
after the fall of the Confederacy.
Through guided tours and events,
you're invited to explore and
uncover the area's exciting
and colorful past.

Cortez Historic Fishing Village

The island's rich history is maintained
and displayed in this museum with free
admission. Have your picture taken in the
city jail.
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island
941-778-0492 / amihs.org

This "living history museum" is a working
fishing village founded by early area
settlers. Tour the museum, visit waterfront
restaurants, or buy seafood, fresh off
the boat.
Cortez Road & Intracoastal Bridge, Cortez
941-708-6120 / cortez-fish.org

Braden Castle Village

De Soto National Memorial

Constructed by slave labor and once
attacked by Seminole Indians, the castle
was once the heart of a sugar plantation
built by early settler Joseph Addison
Braden and his brother Hector in 1850.
Castle ruins can be viewed today.
1 Office Drive / 27th St. E., Bradenton
941-746-7700 / bradencastlepark.com

Cortez Cultural Center

The Cortez Cultural Center showcases the
history of the Village of Cortez, originally
settled in the 1880s and one of the last
remaining fishing villages on Florida's
Gulf Coast.
11655 Cortez Road W.,
P.O. Box 663, Cortez
941-538-0945
cortezvillagehistoricalsociety.org

A national park site commemorating the
1539 landing spot of Spanish explorer
Hernando de Soto. Park, discovery center
and programs.
8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton
941-792-0458 / nps.gov/deso

H E R I TA G E & H I STO RY

Kevin Kiser

Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum



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