Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, Anna Maria

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A visit to the Anna Maria Island Historical Complex is a trip back into Florida history. The Island has a vast and rich history beginning with its earliest times as an Indian fishing camp, to the arrival of the Spanish in 1530, to the Island’s first homesteader George Emerson Bean in 1893 and his son Wilhelm’s development of the first tract of land along with “Fig Newton” inventor Charles Roser.

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society’s [AMIHS] beautifully restored complex interprets the Island’s history through its museum, City Jail, Belle Haven [cracker] Cottage and the Mangrove Walk’s indigenous garden.
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  • I have been visiting the island for the past 6 years and recently purchased a vacation home there after falling in love with "Florida's Best Kept Secret". It wasn't till this year that I had made my.....  more »
  • We loved the popcorn and movies. A very friendly evening of fun for children of all ages. The docents and support staff were friendly and welcoming! I loved seeing snippets of movies that had been...  more »
  • A fantastic gem that we found. Small, but packed with info and recommendations from the volunteers inside. The ladies that were inside, were very helpful and full of local information that I will be using for future visits. Reccomend this place to everyone. Free to get in, lots of information, local insight waiting to be shared.
  • Great place to discover more about the island and the history about it. a Also some great photo oppurtunities at the county jail.

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