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 Welcome to Manatee County Gen Web

The Original FLGenWeb Project begun in 1996 & incorporated as 501(c)3 not-for-profit in 2008, with over ten years of accumulated data contributions

This site is under construction please bare with me as I begin re-linking everything.

First I would like to say Thank You to L.L. Scott for allowing me to continue
the work she has done so lovely for so long.
I am currently working on getting some new stuff up so please bare with me as I make changes. Check back often to see what is new.
Hello, My name is Susan Richardson and I am your County Coordinator.
If you need help with locating anything or you would like to add something to these pages or any other county.
Please don't hesitate to send me a email just click the contact button above for my address.
We are currently seeking helpers so if you think you might be interrested in working on any of our Florida Counties.
Please contact our State Coordinator Ray Richard email address also located above.

Manatee County History.....

Per Wikipedia
The area now known as Manatee County was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. The southern mouth of the Manatee River was likely the landing site of the De Soto Expedition and is the location of the U.S. National Park Service's De Soto National Memorial. The area was opened to settlement in 1842 and Manatee County had the Gamble Plantation, a sugar plantation that was one of the south's finest. The area that Manatee County is in today had a major feature for pioneers - the Manatee River. Most pioneers chose to settle here because of the fertile soil at the Manatee River Valley. The Manatee River was also a deep river which made it a valuable place to settle at. The area Manatee County once had where Hardee County, Highlands County, Sarasota County, DeSoto County, Charlotte County and Glades County.
Every January, the Manatee County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds.

Interesting Advertisement.....

Half Rates to Florida.
For Settlers and Homeseekers via Seaboard Air l ine Railway.

Every Tuesday in March and April, tickets will be sold to settlers and homeseekers for one-half the regular fare plus $2.00, by the Seaboard Air Line Railway, to Ellenton, Manatee, and Braidentown, in Manatee county, Florida.

Manatee county is on the west coast of southern Florida, well below the frost line, and is the most fertile region in the state. There are thousands of acres of rich land unoccupied and capable of producing from $600 to $1200 an acre in early vegetables the first year they are cultivated. These lands sell for $45 to $150 an acre. Land not so good, but still very productive, sells as low as $15 an acre.

A ten year old orange grove of five or ten acres in this county is a fortune.

The climate is delightful and the region wonderfully healthy. There are several progressive towns in the county.

Tarpon fishing off this coast is the finest in the world. It is the true home of the Tarpon.

For information apply to J. L. Adams, Gen. East'n Agt., 1183 Broadway, New York; or Charles B. Ryan, General Passenger Agent, Portsmouth, Va.

April 18, 1903  The School Journal

Our Neighbors.....





Our Cities And Towns.....


Anna Maria


Bradenton Beach

Holmes Beach



Longboat Key

Bayshore Gardens





Sad News to report.....

It is with my deepest sorrow that I inform you of
the sad news of our long time friend and leaders passing.
Fran Smith
August 05,1943 - September 11,2016
She was a great friend and helped me and many others within our group
learn to create the lovely pages you find here on our sites.
She is missed greatly and will forever live on in our hearts, minds and on our pages. Rest in Peace your work is done.

Our New....

Ray Richard is our New President and State Coordinator.
Please bear with him as he quickly gathers the reins to a large undertaking.
We are all sure of his abilty to lead us and help us grow.
Please stay tuned as changes are in the wind!

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