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March is Manatee County's heritage month and there will be many fantastic events taking place all around the county. Download a brochure of county-wide events here: 2018 Heritage Days Brochure.pdf

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


Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

Start Date:3/22/2018 5:30 PM
End Date:3/22/2018 7:00 PM

Manatee Village Historical Park partners with the Florida Humanities Council to present an interactive performance on the life of Doc Anna, the "Swamp Doctor" of Florida...

Come meet Dr. Anna Darrow who, in 1909, became the second woman doctor licensed in Florida. Darrow braved swampland, alligators, snakes, and outlaw gangs to heal the sick, nurse the wounded, and deliver babies.

Dr. Darrow is portrayed by Carrie Sue Ayvar, a third generation storyteller, dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. She is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award winner for Service and Leadership, as well as a Chautauqua scholar and Kennedy Center trained Artist in Education. Her performances blend entertainment and education. 

This talk is offered as the final event in a five part series. Manatee Village was selected as a Florida Humanities Council (FHC) Speaker Series partner. The previous four talks discussed Chief Osceola, the development of transportation, the Civil War, and lighthouses, all as they relate to Florida and Manatee County. These talks are made possible by funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 

This talk is FREE and open to the public. It will begin in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church at 5:30pm and will run about 45 minutes. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Manatee Village grounds will close at 7:00pm. 

No RSVP required, seating on a first come, first served basis.
Open to the public. Ages 13 & up recommended.
For more information on the Florida Humanities Council, please visit:


1850 Manatee Burying Grounds Clean Up

Start Date:3/24/2018 9:00 AM
End Date:3/24/2018 2:00 PM

*Space is limited. Online registration is required. Register Here

Manatee Village Historical Park is seeking volunteers to participate in quarterly cemetery clean-ups for the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds.

On Saturday, March 24, the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will lead a Cemetery Resource and Protection Training (CRPT) at Manatee Village to train future volunteers in best practices for preserving cemeteries. This workshop will take place from 9am to 2pm. There will be a lecture in the morning, followed by an hour long lunch break (food is NOT provided), and then the last hour will be spent cleaning the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds using the techniques taught by FPAN.

All are welcome to come to this free public workshop. It is Manatee Village’s hope that the volunteers who attend this training session will become team leaders for future cemetery clean-ups. If you are interested in volunteering at future clean-ups but cannot attend this session, contact Manatee Village’s Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Porter, at

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, in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network.


The Sarasota Oral History Project

Start Date:4/26/2018 5:30 PM
End Date:4/26/2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Erin Dean, Associate Professor of Anthropology at New College of Florida, will discuss her work coordinating the Sarasota Oral History Project on April 26 at 5:30 pm at Manatee Village Historical Park. 

The Sarasota Oral History Project has been collecting stories in the community for almost ten years. Student interviewers partner with community elders and experts to explore the diverse experiences of Sarasota residents, past and present, and then create unique audio-visual presentations. 

In this talk, Dr. Dean will discuss the history, structure, and goals of the project, reflect on the process and outcomes, and show examples of these dynamic oral history presentations. 

Dr. Dean is an environmental anthropologist who, in addition to coordinating the Sarasota Oral History Project, researches conservation and development in East Africa. Her recent publications include articles in the journals Human Organization and the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 

This talk will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 starting at 5:30pm at Manatee Village Historical Park. It will run approximately 45 minutes. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Manatee Village will close at 7:00pm. 

This public program is offered by producers: 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 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: Mar. 24, April 14, April 28, and May 12.

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