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Gillett Household (c.a. 1890)


Back in the 19th century, the Gilletts, a founding family of the Parrish area in Southwest Florida, moved to Frog Creek, an untamed territory just north of the Manatee River, and constructed what was known as the Gillett homestead. A typical structure for the time, the wooden building was large enough to house Daniel Gillett, his wife Molcey, and their eight children. It was there that the home remained throughout the late 1800’s and saw the settlement of Frog Creek turn into a relatively thriving area bearing the Gillett family name.

After the turn of the century, the Gillett family sold their homestead manor to the burgeoning Anna Maria Island Beach Company who sought to develop the barely inhabited tropical island 25 miles away, off the coast of Bradenton, FL.

Explore the purchase, relocation, and second-life of the building that now houses the Anna Maria Island Players in Grey Matter Studios' first ever documentary!

AMI Tourist Center (c.a. 1914)
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