Historic Markers Across Florida

Craig Sugar Mill Chimney

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Location: on US 301 just west of Gamble Mansion Historical State Park, Ellenton, FL
County: Manatee
Coordinates: N 27° 31.317    W 082° 32.064
  27.52195    -82.5344
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMQM7X


William Pinkston Craig, planter and native of Maryland, came to the Manatee River from Leon County, Florida in the early 1840s. Clearing an original 160 acres, he planted sugar cane and corn and built a sugar and grist mill. Its 45 ft. chimney of local stone stands 97 ft. north of this marker. From June 1849 to June 1850, Craig processed about 40,000 lbs. of sugar and 8,000 gallons of molasses. At the chimney's base were 2 furnaces which supported five 200 gallon copper kettles used for boiling the cane juice. During the Seminole Wars, weapons were fired through the chimney ports.

Manatee County Historical Society