ANNA MARIA ISLAND was first settled at the start of the twentieth
century by Tampa Mayor MADISON POST who named the island for his wife
Maria and his sister-in-law Anna. Just as Cuban fishermen were the first
visitors to the island at the southern mouth of
Captain Mitchell Davis was elected the first mayor. Farming was mostly homesteading. In 1912, CHARLES MARTIN ROSER, inventor of the Fig Newton, started the ANNA MARIA BEACH LAND COMPANY with pioneer settler GEORGE EMERSON BEAN who first settled the (Bean) Point at the island's end.
If you are arriving from FL 64 (
If you head north past BRADENTON PUBLIC BEACH along Gulf Boulevard you might want to look at some of the oldest Gulf houses on BEACH STREET, including the Tudor home of Talmot Mundy, creator of the Jack Armstrong books.
Turn right on
Anna Maria Pier Harrington House Complex
GULF DRIVE is the hotel's hotel row, where old estates like newsman Walter Lippmann's estate (was at 5400 Gulf) have been torn done for high rises. The 1925 HARRINGTON HOUSE, however, is now a notable bed and breakfast.
Heading southward along
FL 684 (