Plan in works to preserve cemetery where Bradenton’s first settlers are buried

Plan in works to preserve cemetery where Bradenton’s first settlers are buried

BRADENTON (WWSB) - A new plan is being developed to help keep history alive in Manatee County.

The 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds at 15th Street East and 6th Avenue East in Bradenton is the oldest cemetery in Manatee County. On Friday, the Manatee County Historical Commission will be discussing a Master Preservation Plan for the cemetery.

Dating back to the 1850s, the cemetery was used by the first settlers in what eventually became the City of Bradenton. The first settlers, Josiah and Mary Gates, are buried there.

In all, using available records, historians believe there are 94 burials in the cemetery. But over time, headstones have been vandalized or damaged by the elements and not every grave is marked. The Manatee County Historial Commission hopes to one day use ground-penetrating radar to learn exactly how many people are buried on the 1.92-acre grounds.

At 4pm on Friday, the public is invited to discuss the future of the Burying Grounds at Manatee Village Historical Park, inside the 1887 Church, at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) in Bradenton.

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