Explore Historic Bradenton
Come walk the streets and hidden alleyways of the river town founded in 1842 by Joseph Braden.
When rivers were Florida's highways, early settlers were sailing men, cattlemen, farmers and citrus growers.
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 all their neighbors during the Seminole Wars.
Roads were rough and full of hazards in 1910. Residents used small sail boats for transportation. 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.