I start this new season with Hidden from View. There are some beautiful old homes on Riverside Drive in Palmetto, FL. The view from their front porch is of the Manatee river and across to Bradenton. The first is the J.A. Lamb House built in 1899 is a Queen Anne Victorian residence. As you can see by the front entrance the beautiful house is hidden from view. J.A. Lamb was the son of Samuel Sparks Lamb who was the founder of Palmetto. The house has three stories with a central hall plan with twenty major rooms. The flooring is heart pine which was the major construction wood during the time. It was restored in 1991.
And on the corner, you find the Atzeroth Store Site, Lamb School & Julius Lamb House, 1102 Riverside Dr. 1913 – This house was built by Julius A. Lamb, eldest son of S.S. Lamb in 1913 on the site of the log cabin that housed the Atzerboth Store and the Lamb School. Julius was a 9 when he drove the barouch, which transported his mother and 5 sisters, from Mississippi to Palmetto. This house was a Sears & Robuck House ordered from a catalog and came complete and ready to put together. Julius was a successful businessman, owning a real estate company, Guarantee Abstract Company and Vice President of Manatee County State bank, which his father helped establish in 1899. He also established the first livery stable. Currently the Palmetto House, a bed and breakfast, is in operation here.