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Admission is FREE!

Step back into time at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Visit this collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. The Manatee Village Historical Park is a joint project of the Manatee County Historical Commission, Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court, the Manatee County Board of County Commission, and the City of Bradenton.

The Park includes an 1860 courthouse, 1887 church, 1912 settler's house, 1903 general store, a 1908 one-room schoolhouse and a 1913 steam engine called "Old Cabbage Head". Other highlights include a replica of a typical Florida barn as well as a boat exhibit, restored smokehouse, turpentine still, working blacksmith shop and a cow hunter’s bunkhouse. Visitors can also tour the 1850 Old Manatee Burying Grounds by appointment.

Manatee County Historical Commission produces several large special events at the Park during the year, including a dramatic cemetery tour in the 1850 Old Manatee Burying Grounds each fall. Park facilities offer the public a rental venue for weddings, baptisms, reunions, memorial services and other special occasions. For information on scheduling group tours for students or adults, please contact Park staff.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 2 - 3 hours,
  • Disabled Traveler Information:
  • Handicapped Parking,

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Opening Reception for "Stories Through the Trees"

February 02, 2017
This event is free and open to the public. A new exhibit opens this January at Manatee Village Historical Park. “Stories Through the Trees: Manatee County’s Turpentine History” will describe life in the turpentine camps that were a vital part of Manatee County’s economy in the late 1800s and early 1900s. An opening reception for the new exhibit will take place on February 2, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. The Wiggins General Store and its exhibits will be open during this time. Additionally, refreshments will be served in the Wiggins Conference Room, where Curator Bridget Donahue-Farrell will give a b ...Read More>> ief talk on Manatee County’s turpentine industry at 5:30pm. Read Less
http://www.manateevillage.org/

manatee.village@manateeclerk.com

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Dr. Rosalyn Howard Presents "The African Presence in Spanish FL"

February 23, 2017
Dr. Rosalyn Howard, Professor Emeritus in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Central Florida, will give a presentation on the relationship between Florida Seminole Indians and their African allies, often called Black Seminoles. Learn more about this time in Florida's history at the this FREE talk. The Manatee Village parking lot and grounds will open at 5pm. The talk will begin in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church at 5:30pm.
http://www.manateevillage.org/

manatee.village@manateeclerk.com

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Heritage Days Open House at Manatee Village

March 25, 2017
This event celebrating Manatee County's history will feature heritage artisans, live performances, demonstrations, food vendors, and make-and-take crafts. We will also be having our second annual HAIRitage Days Beard and Mustache Competition. Men, women, and children are invited to participate. There will be categories for real facial hair and fake beards and mustaches. Winners will receive a $50 gift card. Don't miss special performances in our 1887 Old Meeting House by the GoodVibes and the St. Pete Sea Shanties. The GoodVibes will give a lively, interactive, family friendly performance, "The Good Old Days - from The Gay 90's to World W ...Read More>> r I ". They will show historical photographs from downtown Bradenton and play songs popular in the eras the photographs depict. The St. Pete Sea Shanties sing traditional tunes sung by sailors, fishermen and dockworkers during the Age of Sail (ca. 1571—1862). Read Less
http://www.manateevillage.org/

manatee.village@manateeclerk.com

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