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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


EVENT CANCELLED: 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds Cleanup

Start Date:9/9/2017 9:00 AM
End Date:9/9/2017 2:00 PM

Due to the threat of inclement weather, this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Details will be posted here as they become available.

SPACE IS LIMITED. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at:

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.


Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, Season VII

Start Date:10/6/2017 7:00 PM
End Date:10/22/2017 8:30 PM

Near one of the oldest interior settlements of Florida, not far from the mystic “Singing River,” exists one of the oldest organized burying grounds on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Your rendezvous with the past awaits...

The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. celebrates their 7th and final season as creator and producer of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee. This outdoor drama and cemetery tour premiered in 2011 as an original living history production. It features costumed actors who portray the early settlers interred in the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds with riveting graveside stories based on archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. Viewers learn more about the development of the area from 1840 to the turn of the century. The program is an experience like no other, unfolding at the 1887 Meeting House Church at Manatee Village Historical Park with a Victorian wake and continuing by torch-light “on the other side,” at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds as the sun sets. The audience leaves with a new appreciation for the contributions made by pioneers to the Manatee lands through tales of their triumphs, tragedies and amusing escapades.  


Ten performances are offered the first three weekends of October, starting at 7:00pm.  Week IOctober 6 and 7; Week II: 12, 13, 14, and 15; and Week III: 19, 20, 21 and 22*.  (*The show on October 22nd will take place entirely in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church for those who have mobility difficulties, or prefer not to view the performance in the cemetery.) Gates open at 6:30 pm and Act I begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Due to the interactive nature of this event, all attendees will be required to sign a waiver at the gate, prior to admission. Please allow ample time for this process.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets on sale starting September 5. Advance ticket purchase is recommended; Audience space is limited. Tickets are $20 per person. Not recommended for viewers under 10 years old. Everyone is required to have a ticket, including children - regardless of age. Terms: cash, check, money order, ATM/Debit, and most major credit cards. You may call in your ticket order: (941) 749-7165 or visit Manatee Village Historical Park Monday through Friday and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9 am – 4 pm.

WHO PRODUCES THE SHOW AND WHY: The show is produced by the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. with assistance from the Historical Resources Division of the Manatee County Clerk of Court & Comptroller. This fundraising event enables Manatee County Historical Commission to broaden their mission “to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period (1840-1918)”. It has become a success for the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. due to: Committed volunteer actors, behind the scenes community volunteers, generous corporate sponsors, private donors and an avid audience (some who return to see the show yearly). The outcome of this joint community endeavor is that the proceeds derived each Season, make it possible to continue future community programming and sustain preservation activities at Manatee Village Historical Park.

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, November 10 in honor of Veterans Day; and Thursday-Friday, November 23-24 for Thanksgiving. 

Saturday openings this fall are: September 9, September 23, October 14, and October 28. There will be no Saturday openings in November due to Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

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

Manatee Village will be closed Friday, September 8th through Tuesday, September 12th due to the threat of severe tropical weather.