Manatee County Courthouse was built in 1913, the year my dad was born. It is famous because Bob and I were married in that courthouse on Feb. 8th 1985 and My grand parents got their marriage license there in 1923, and my parents got their marriage license there in 1943...
In 1892 the lot cost $200.00 and $62.60 to clear it.
They built a wooden courthouse, which was later destroyed and this one took
it;s place in 1913. Our first courthouse built in 1860 is preserved in Manatee Village CLICK HERE for a photo of the first courthouse.
Above is the garden in front of the courthouse and the monster County Administration building. And below is the building from 1920 with the monster parking garage behind it.
Above next to the courthouse is the Jail and the newer courthouse, the old is now administration with court held in the newer building. To the west and across the street are 3 churches in a row. Our downtown is a mix match of styles..