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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


Sarah Younger discusses A Bend in the Straight and Narrow

Start Date:10/11/2018 2:00 PM
End Date:10/11/2018 3:00 PM

Florida author Sarah Younger will speak about her historical fiction novels at Manatee Village Historical Park on Thursday, October 11 at 2pm. 

A Bend in the Straight and Narrow: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of the Florida Frontier tells the fictionalized story of Sally Ann Marsh, a real life ancestor of Younger. Sally is living in Georgia at the start of the Civil War, when General William T. Sherman marches through the state. Sally is forced to evacuate, leading a group of women and children into Florida. With their husbands away at war, the small band fights to rebuild their lives and establish a community in the heart of the Florida wild. 

The sequel, Ye Who Are Weary, Come Home, will be coming out this fall.

Younger is a native Floridian whose ancestors settled Florida in the post-Civil War period. In researching family history, a discovery led to the fact that she is seventh generation Floridian on her grandfather’s side of the family.  

The stories Younger passes on in her novels were told to her by her grandmother, Granny O’Steen. Since the stories were a mere skeleton, Younger filled in the gaps with historical fiction. Much of the research done for this project was accomplished by visiting graveyards in the Bradford and Alachua County areas. The search for Jacob Henry’s and Sally’s graves is ongoing. Many of the markers revealed things not known previously in family history, such as an epidemic that killed three people in the family, including her grandfather’s mother, one week after he was born. Last names in the books have been changed, but many of the given names remain the same. 

Sarah has a BA degree from Baylor University and an Education degree from the University of Southern Colorado. She has an avid interest in history and quilting. 

She lives in Merritt Island, Florida with her husband and Charlie, the beagle dog. 

This talk will take place on Thursday, October 11, 2018 starting at 2:00pm at Manatee Village Historical Park in our 1887 Old Meeting House Church. It will run approximately 45 minutes. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Manatee Village is open to the public that day and so the historical buildings will be open for (free) self-guided tours until 4:00pm. 

The talk is free and open to the public. No RSVP needed. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. We will have 12 sets of assisted listening devices that we can provide, also on a first come, first served basis. 

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.


Scarecrow Workshop

Start Date:9/22/2018 10:00 AM
End Date:9/22/2018 1:30 PM

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Manatee Village Historical Park will host Scarecrow Workshops on Saturday, September 22 from 10-11:30am or 12-1:30pm (both sessions are identical).

Ideal for families and small groups of friends: create a life-sized scarecrow. Each group will be provided with the armature (frame), stuffing, material for a head covering, and an instruction packet. Participants are asked to bring the clothing, shoes, and decorations/accessories for their scarecrow—traditional or creative encouraged. 

This family-friendly event will also feature simple crafts for children. 

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy our courtyard after you are finished. 

The cost of the workshop is $20 per scarecrow. For example, if a group of five people wanted to make one scarecrow together, they should register for one slot on the Sign-up Genius and the cost would be $20. Or if the group wanted to make two scarecrows, they should register for two slots on the sign-up, and the cost would be $40.  

The children’s crafts will be available and free to workshop participants. 

Tickets for the Scarecrow Workshop are on sale starting now (and will require an online service fee). They may be purchased using the Sign-up Genius link provided here:

If you need to purchase your tickets in person, Manatee Village will hold your over-the-phone reservation for two business days. These reservations may be made by calling (941) 749-7165. 

All ticket sales are first come, first served. 

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 

Saturday openings this summer are: 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