First Settler's Homesite

First Settler's Homesite (HM1DHP)

Location: Bradenton, FL 34208 Manatee County
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N 27° 29.946', W 82° 32.893'

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Located a few yards from this spot near the banks of the Manatee River is the site of the log home of Josiah Gates. Gates was the first Anglo-American settler in the entire Manatee area which at that time extended southward to the Caloosahatchee River and eastward to the Kissimmee River. After the Second Seminole War, the Armed Occupation Act of August 4, 1842, opened Central Florida to American settlers. Gates, a native of South Carolina, moved his family here from Fort Brook (Tampa) early in 1843.

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In 1851, Josiah Gates replaced his first dwelling with a twenty room, three story frame home located a few yards further back from the river on this same site. The "Gates House" served newly arrived settlers and visitors as a hotel in the wilderness. Josiah Gates became a prosperous farmer as well as a successful innkeeper. He was also active in local government after Manatee County was created in 1855. He died in 1871. Neither of the two structures built by Josiah Gates is still standing.
Marker NumberF-281
Year Placed1977
Placed ByManatee County Historical Society in cooperation with Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 347066 N 3042671
Decimal Degrees27.49910000, -82.54821667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 29.946', W 82° 32.893'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 29' 56.76" N, 82° 32' 53.58" W
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Area Code(s)941
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 127-199 15th St E, Bradenton FL 34208, US
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