Explore Historic Bradenton
Come walk the streets and hidden alleyways of the river town founded in 1842 .
When rivers were Florida's highways, early settlers were sailing men, cattlemen, farmers and citrus growers. Residents used small sail boats for transportation.
Bradenton was named three times - but always for the same man. - Joseph Braden. He built a stockade around his home to protect his family and their neighbors during the Seminole Wars.
Roads were rough and full of hazards in 1910. Until a bridge was built in 1918, the fastest way to Tampa was by steam-powered ferry from the dock on Main Street. Most downtown businesses had a second story balcony for catching the cool breezes off the river.