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Crocker Memorial Church

Videos: Sarasota History

Location: 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

The history of the Crocker Memorial Church begins with Peter Crocker, a Civil War veteran born in Wheeler, New York, who became a lighthouse keeper in Key West, Florida, and who, with his wife Sophia, came to the Sara Sota area of Manatee County in 1873 where he purchased 20 acres southwest of Bay and Bee Ridge Roads. Crocker became a trustee for the Phillippi School and the postmaster of the Crocker Post Office located in his house. He also helped to plan the roads surrounding the Bee Ridge area.