About The Folk School

The folk skills and heritage crafts of Cortez Fishing Village, and early communities throughout Florida, are at risk. As geographic distance between families continue to grow, new ways of passing on information need to emerge.


The mission of the Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida’s maritime heritage. The Folk School, which began in January 2017, enables FMM to take this mission a step further with hands-on classes formulated to not only learn and preserve classic skills, but to share stories, build community and grow appreciation for the history of Cortez and the greater surrounding area.


The Historic Burton/Bratton Store Building

The Burton Store was the first commercial building within the Cortez Fishing Village. The Burton Store, built in 1890, expanded into the Albion Inn that was originally located on the waterfront of Cortez where the Coastguard Station now resides.


In 1991, the Albion Inn was demolished but the community of Cortez was able to save the original 1890’s portion of the building which they then moved to a location across the street from the museum where it stayed for 15 years awaiting funds to be renovated.


In 2006, it was moved to its current home and is now a part of the Florida Maritime Museum campus, which also includes the 1912 schoolhouse, Pillsbury Boatshop, and a Chickee Hut. After 11 years the Burton Store opened its doors in February 2018 as the home of The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum. The downstairs is used primarily for Folk School events and classes while the upstairs is used for collection storage and a research library. Only the downstairs is open to the pubic. 

4415 119th Street W.

Cortez, FL 34215

Ramp entry at the back entrance of the museum. Handicap parking available.


No food/drinks inside museum.

No flash photography.

No pets allowed, only trained

Service Animals.

Please note that visitors to the Florida Maritime Museum may be photographed or videotaped during their visit. These photos/videos may be used for marketing, advertising, or public relations purposes without compensation.



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the FMM

Educational programming underwritten by the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum

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Ms. Angelina Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller