Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 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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  • July 7, 2017
    Stopped in with grandkids - a quick history display of life on AMI over the years. Small gift shop - and don't forget the Jail !  more »
  • June 27, 2017
    Small museum, but very informative. History of the island and great jail for photo opportunity. You should attend at least once.  more »
  • June 6, 2017
    This was hilarious! So you think your going to see some big building filled with artifacts however what you find is a small non descript building. The jail was so funny, it is a cement building with g...  more »
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  • April 22, 2017
    Make sure to stop by and get a picture Infront of the jail and learn about Anna Maria history.
  • July 22, 2016
    interesting facts about the island I never knew about such as the house that fell into the Tampa Bay or the jail in the back
  • February 23, 2017
    Interesting place with historical info.
  • July 19, 2016
    Its a small stop to take pictures its was great for the moment
  • June 6, 2013
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