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Our mission is "to preserve and share the heritage of 

Manatee County's founding period."

Manatee Village Historical Park

Take a step back in time at Manatee Village Historical Park! With free admission and 14 points of interest, this is a great way learn about the history of Manatee County and Old Florida long before paved roads and electricity.

We are located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64), Bradenton, Fl 34208.  Just look for “Old Cabbage Head”, our 1913 Baldwin Locomotive, welcoming visitors to the Park from State Road 64!

Admission is FREE! Donations welcome.  Certain special events require an admission fee. Manatee Village Historical Park is primarily handicapped accessible. Due to the historic nature of some of our buildings, visitors may be offered an alternative experience. Call or e-mail for more information.

    The Whistle Stop Gift Shop

    The Manatee Village Historical Park is home to the Whistle Stop Gift Shop. It is located in the Wiggins General Store and features a wide variety of merchandise, specializing in books on Florida and local history. Water, soda, and snacks are also available for purchase. The Whistle Stop Gift Shop is run entirely by volunteers of the H.O.M.E. Committee, and proceeds support educational programming at Manatee Village Historical Park. Cash, check, debit, and most major credit cards accepted.

    Gift Shop Hours:

    September – April:
    Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
    2nd and 4th Saturdays each month, 11:00am – 2:00pm

    May – August:
    Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
    2nd and 4th Saturdays each month, 11:00am – 2:00pm

    If you would like to visit the Gift Shop and a volunteer is not available, please see staff on the second floor of the Wiggins Store. 

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    Village Hours:

    Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
    2nd & 4th Saturdays each month, 9:00am – 4:00pm 

    Manatee Village will be closed Monday, February 19 in honor of President's Day; Friday, March 30 in honor of Easter Weekend; and May 26-28 in honor of Memorial Day. Manatee Village will then be closed the month of June for in-service work.

    Saturday openings this spring are: Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24, April 14, April 28, and May 12.

    Phone: (941) 749-7165
    Email: manatee.village@manateeclerk.com

    E-mail addresses are public records under Florida law and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact by phone at the phone numbers above, or contact us in writing, via the United States Postal Service, at this address- Manatee County Historical Commission 1404 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton, Fl 34208.

    Location Map:



    1404 Manatee Avenue East 
    (SR 64)
    Bradenton, FL. 34208



    Village Hours

    Monday – Friday and 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month 

    9:00am – 4:00pm