Friday, January 17, 2014

Old Main Street


Bradenton was settled in 1842 and incorporated in 1903. Old Main Street in down town Bradenton, is lined with buildings that were built in 1842 through 1926... Bob and I went on a Walk-About this past Sunday.


Saturday mornings, there is a farmers market with fresh produce and tents with tables of crafts to purchase. And twice a year the streets are closed and there is a Seafood Festival.


Bradenton has a unique mix of attractions... all within a walkable downtown. This includes Manatee Players Theater, South Florida Museum, Art Center Manatee and a walking tour of hundreds of old homes in Point Pleasant.



Downtown is a mixture of shops and antique stores all mixed with restaurants, offices, our police station and city and county buildings, library and old Victorian homes, condos and our Famed Riverwalk. this Riverwalk links to previous posts.


there are 3 churches that are close to 100 years old mixed in with new modern buildings.
These streets are also used for Art Walks featuring our local artists.


Madi and Mom are hosting a Valentine Dance on Feb 14th... if you want to party click HERE..to get the details.


35 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Lovely street with charming buildings !

Catherine said...

Oh I love farmer's markets! Now I am anxious for spring!

Happy Friday Sandra!
xo Catherine

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

That is cute town and one that would be interesting to visit the shops. I would like to see it when the venders have their tents up. I love those canopies, so colorful and each shop has their own.
A little town where we use to live looked like this till they chopped down the trees and ripped off the canopies. It does not look quaint or cool in the summer. Now it looks empty as most shops have closed and it looks hot. No one wants to walk or sit out at the little restaurants in the blazing summer sun. What was that city council thinking when they did that?

Eva Ason said...

Sounds like a nice place to live. I love the Food markets, and seafood festival sounds awesome! I love seafood. I am going down to Wicklow after work, I just love it on the country side. Enjoy your Weekend!

Rose said...

This sounds like a place I would love to visit!

Montanagirl said...

Very picturesque buildings. It's to have the old mixed in with the new!

jackie collins said...

This town looks so welcoming, and fun to visit. I can imagine sitting in my little nick nack shop offering cookies during one of their festivals! Thanks for sharing with us!

TexWisGirl said...

it looks clean and quaint.

Blackberry Lane said...

Such a pretty place with lots of activities. John would enjoy the seafood festival.

Rebecca said...

Oh, I love main streets. And I would surely love the seafood festival!

Madi and Mom said...

WooHoo MS you know how we love it when you have history and pictures of your fair city.

THANK you for the great big shout out for our event too
Hugs madi your bfff and mom

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for the walk through town.

LC said...

Your vignettes of Bradenton always make me want to visit. It just seems so picturesque, historic but alive with welcoming spirit.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Sounds like a wonderful town to live in or visit! I'd love the seafood festival and browsing in the antique shops. Happy Friday!

A Quiet Corner said...

Hmmm...maybe I can talk the Pres into going for a little stroll once my back returns to normal!...:)JP

photowannabe said...

So many "Downtowns" are falling into decay and have lost their charm.
I love the looks of Bradenton.
I must visit sometime. Love the character of the older buildings.
Thanks for the tour.

SweetMarie said...

Bradenton is so pretty! I miss downtown Winter Garden. That's where we first lived when we moved to Florida, I was three.:)

LindyLou Mac said...

Great to be back catching up on your blog and enjoying some armchair travel, amazing what we see and learn from each others blogs. Delighted you enjoyed the trams!

Deb said...

looks like a fun place...I can't wait to come visit...we are working out all the details...hopefully we will be able to meet up...

Kay said...

What a cute little town. I love places like this. This reminds me of some of the small towns along the California coast.

Gail said...

History, beauty and a river walk...I'm on my way!

barbara l. hale said...

That looks like a lovely place and a place to put on the ol' bucket list.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

I would to love walk around this place, especially in the sunshine and when there's a farmer's market. That would be perfect! It looks so quaint with the awnings, the shady trees and the theatre with the white walls and canopy.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

I would to love walk around this place, especially in the sunshine and when there's a farmer's market. That would be perfect! It looks so quaint with the awnings, the shady trees and the theatre with the white walls and canopy.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

I would to love walk around this place, especially in the sunshine and when there's a farmer's market. That would be perfect! It looks so quaint with the awnings, the shady trees and the theatre with the white walls and canopy.

Ann said...

sounds like you've got a little bit of everything there. Looks very nice too.

Dee said...

I really like towns like this...lots of character and diversity.

George said...

This looks like a great downtown for walking.

SquirrelQueen said...

I love areas like this one. It is so rare to see an active downtown these days. The Seafood Festival would be fun, I'll bet it draws big crowds. The facade in your last photo reminds me a bit of our downtown area.

Betty Manousos said...

those buildings look beautiful! looks like a great town to visit.

crafty cat corner said...

It all looks very spacious something we don't have so much of over here.
Briony
x

EG CameraGirl said...

Sun and shadows! It looks so appealing to me as I am living under overcast skies right now.

Inger said...

What a lovely old town. Thanks for the tour. Our town was settled in the 1800s, but most of it got wiped out in an earthquake in 1952.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The town sounds perfect. One thing I enjoy when I go to Florida are some of the old towns that are still around, they are filled with charm.

Kathy said...

Looks like a fun place to do some browsing.