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Florida Maritime Museum

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Address: 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
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+1 941-708-6120
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09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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The schoolhouse was constructed in 1912. It was the second schoolhouse to...

The schoolhouse was constructed in 1912. It was the second schoolhouse to be built in Cortez, a small fishing village that was established in the 1880’s. For many years, it served not only as a school, but also as a community center and hurricane shelter. After the school closed in 1961, it was eventually sold to master weaver Robert Sailors. Sailors made the building his home and studio. As a resident he made some lasting contributions to the property, including the “surprise fountain”. It was not until December of 1999, with assistance from the Florida Communities Trust, that Manatee County purchased the schoolhouse and an adjoining parcel to create the Cortez Nature Preserve. Residents of the Cortez community are passionate about preserving the past and ensuring that both residents and visitors of Manatee County understand the significance of the village and this schoolhouse. Because of their passion, the building was reopened as the Florida Maritime Museum in 2006.

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Great history lesson

Great history lesson at the former Cortez village school. They have some wonderful exhibits that tell the history of the only fishing community left in Florida dateing back to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Diego G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great history lesson at the former Cortez village school. They have some wonderful exhibits that tell the history of the only fishing community left in Florida dateing back to pre WWII. The local fish market is only a few blocks away

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Burgess Hill
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Popped in for a visit today, a small interesting museum about the local area, situated in the old school house, a lot of local history about the Cortez area.

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Arles-sur-Tech, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so very pleased to find this fascinating glance of Florida history , so well explained by John MacDonald who has lived in the area as a boy

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Thank norman341
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

A great little museum, with something for everyone. It depicts the history of Cortez, the sleepy little fishing villiage.

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Thank homesolution825
Cortez, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great assistance from staff members. This place tells the story of how it used to be before the Yankees and other Northerners started their quest to ruin the south. A very worthy experience to witness simpler times.

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Thank Henry K
Longboat Key, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

A fun and tasty stop in the midde the desert...just off old Route 66. Great for families and rock n roll music fans. Hearty breakfasts, handcrafted pizzas, and creamy ice cream. Fun staff too. .

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Thank amberbach
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This little museum impressed us with the quality of the exhibits and detailed descriptions. My young daughter and older parents really enjoyed it.

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Thank Kim W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This little Museum goes into both the maritime history as well as the trade and indigenous population from the area. It's not too large, easy to spend less than an hour it also has a cute little kids section ... And free!

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Thank afgm87
Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

A little gem somewhat off the tourist track. Very enjoyable displays of the local history, including vintage photos of the founding settlers and the local economy. Very fascinating display of maritime artifacts and technology. Very passionate volunteers. Interesting photographic opportunities.

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Thank Brian S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

They have some really interesting stuff, and staff is very nice and will try to answer any questions you have.

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Thank Terry H

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