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Village Information

Manatee Village Historical Park is a collection of historic buildings and artifacts which tell the story of pioneer life in Florida. In addition to the educational points of the Park, visitors can enjoy the use of our pavilion or picnic tables shaded by beautiful live oak trees, while younger visitors will love playing at Junior Junction. For the convenience of our guests, restrooms are centrally located behind the 1887 Church, water fountains are available in several locations, there are two doggie clean-up stations, and there is a wheelchair lift for those wishing to visit the second floor of the Wiggins Store.

Manatee Village Historical Park operates thanks to a unique public-private partnership. This partnership exists through the support of the Historical Resources Division of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, and the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit community benefit organization. Manatee Village Historical Park does not charge for admission. As a function of Manatee County Government, it exists as a community benefit, as well as a way for visitors to learn more about the rich cultural history of our area. However, donations are greatly appreciated, and are contributions toward furthering the mission of Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. 

Buildings & Exhibits:


The Curator's Corner

Wiggins General Store

Wiggins General Store gallery

    Fogarty Boatworks

    Fogarty Boatworks Gallery

      Blacksmith Shop

      Blacksmith Shop Gallery

        The Settler’s House

        Settler's House Gallery

          The Smokehouse and Mill

          The Smokehouse and Mill Gallery

            The Potter Barn

            The Potter Barn Gallery

              The 1887 Church

              The 1887 Church Gallery

                The 1860 Courthouse

                The 1860 Courthouse Gallery

                  The Schoolhouse

                  The Schoolhouse Gallery

                    Old Cabbage Head

                    Old Cabbage Head Gallery

                      The Cowhunter’s Bunkhouse

                      The Cowhunter's Bunkhouse Gallery

                        The 1850’s Burying Grounds

                        The 1850's Burying Grounds Gallery

                          Junior Junction

                          Junior Junction Gallery

                            Village Rules:

                            In the interest of preserving our historic structures and artifacts for future generations:

                            1. Please no smoking anywhere in the Village.
                            2. Please use caution on uneven walkways.
                            3. Please keep your dog on a leash and do not take them inside the buildings.
                            4. Please clean up after your dog.
                            5. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
                            6. Please do not climb on the train engine. Use the stairs to enter the cab.
                            7. Visitors must wear shoes and appropriate clothing at all times. 

                            Village Hours:

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

                            Saturday openings in March and April are: March 9 & 23; April 13 & 27.

                            We will be closed Friday, April 19 for an in-service day.

                            Phone: (941) 749-7165

                            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

                            Closed holidays and their corresponding weekends.