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Special Events & Programs

Manatee Village presents several popular festivals annually and throughout the year program events may also include lectures, craft workshops and interactive family-friendly activities at the Village. The best way to keep informed about what is happening is to visit our website or Facebook page frequently, or sign up for our Cabbage Head Gazette newsletter on our Home Page.

Current Events


Afternoon Tea at Charms of Leffingwell

Start Date:8/25/2017 1:00 PM
End Date:8/26/2017 3:00 PM


You are cordially invited to Manatee Village Historical Park’s Afternoon Tea to be held at Charms of Leffingwell in the heart of historic Ellenton…

Please note that while this event takes place at Charms of Leffingwell, tickets must be purchased through Manatee Village Historical Park. Download the ticket order form here: Charms Afternoon Tea Ticket Order Form.pdf

Charms of Leffingwell is an antiques gallery and tea room located in the historic Mathews House (1905). The teas, which will take place from 1:00-3:00pm on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, will be served by the Smith family, who owns and operates Charms of Leffingwell.

The staff of Manatee Village will open the tea with a short talk about the history of afternoon tea in England, the popularization of afternoon tea by Queen Victoria, and tea traditions in Florida. There will also be a brief discussion of historic preservation, the history of the Mathews House, and the process of restoring it into the tea room it is today. Table decorations will include trivia cards about the history of tea.

Dress-up is encouraged. There will be a best hat contest with a prize from Walk Bradenton.  

These afternoon teas will include freshly brewed hot tea of your choice (over 20 types to chose from!), homemade scones, Devonshire cream, pastries, and savories.

This is a ticketed event with limited space. Tickets are $20.00. (Please Note: Tickets may be purchased for either Friday or Saturday—one ticket does not apply to both days).

*If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Manatee Village staff at least two weeks in advance of the event. While Charms of Leffingwell makes every effort to accommodate restrictions, they cannot guarantee that there has been no cross-contamination with allergens.

Tickets are on sale from July 10 through August 18, and must be purchased by cash or check. Tickets may be bought in person at Manatee Village, or by mail to Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208. Please make checks payable to the Manatee County Historical Commission. Space is limited. If mailing a check, call in advance to make your reservation and download the ticket order form.

Charms of Leffingwell, where the tea will be held, is located at: 905 Leffingwell Avenue, Ellenton, FL 34222.

This public program is offered by producers: Manatee County Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.


1850 Manatee Burying Grounds Cleanup

Start Date:9/9/2017 9:00 AM
End Date:9/9/2017 2:00 PM
The seventh season of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, Manatee Village’s popular graveside living history production, begins in October, which means it is time for Manatee Village’s annual cemetery clean-up.

This year’s cleanup will feature a training session led by the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). FPAN’s Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT) workshop will take place on Saturday, September 9 from 9am to 2pm at Manatee Village Historical Park. The last hour of that time will be spent cleaning the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds using the techniques taught by FPAN.
This cleanup will not only prepare the graveyard for actors and visitors, but will also help ensure better long-term preservation of the site.

All are welcome to come to this free public workshop. As a result of this workshop, Manatee Village is seeking volunteers to begin quarterly clean-ups of the cemetery. If you are interested in volunteering at future clean-ups but cannot attend this session, contact Manatee Village’s Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Porter, at 

Manatee Village Historical Park is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida. For more information call (941) 741-4076 or visit:

This public program is offered by producers: Manatee County Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.

Group Tour Information

Group tours are provided for groups of 10 people or more.* The cost is $3.00 per person. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance by calling (941) 749-7165. 

*Group tours may be provided for groups of 10 or fewer people, but the minimum cost of $30.00 will still apply.

Download our group tour application here: MVHP Group Tour Reservation Request rev. 1-30-12.pdf

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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, June 26 through Tuesday, July 4. We will resume normal hours on Wednesday, July 5. 

Saturday openings this summer are: June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, and August 26.   

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

Manatee Village will be closed Tuesday, May 2nd for an In Service Work Day.