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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

Stories Through the Trees: Manatee County's Turpentine History

    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 this summer are: July 28, August 11 and August 28.

                              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.

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



                              Village Hours

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

                              9:00am – 4:00pm