Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit to Manatee Village Historical Park.

Start now

Partner with us

Partner with us in preserving a piece of Old Florida.

Special Events & Programs

Mark your calendar for upcoming programs!

View Events

Public Programs

Manatee Village presents several public programs throughout the year, including lectures, craft workshops, and interactive family-friendly activities. 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 Program Offerings

Events

Docent-led Walking Tours

Start Date:3/9/2019 11:00 AM
End Date:3/23/2019 3:00 PM
March is Manatee County's Heritage Month. During March, a variety of historical sites and organizations offer events celebrating Manatee County's history and culture.

To celebrate, Manatee Village Historical Park will offer two different types of docent-led walking tours: tours of the museum campus and a tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Ground.

There will be two identical tours of Manatee Village Historical Park's campus on March 9 at 11am and 2pm. The tours will focus on the history of the buildings, their uses, their unique architectural features, and the people associated with them. Tour will last approximately 45 minutes and will involve standing and walking. 

On March 23, Manatee Village will offer one tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Ground at 2:30pm. This tour will highlight the history of Manatee County and those interred at the cemetery. The tour will start at the Gazebo in Manatee Village’s courtyard and continue across the street to the cemetery. The tour will last about 45 minutes and will involve a significant amount of walking and standing.

These tours are free, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Register for the tour of Manatee Village Historical Park: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fabab28a3f58-manatee1

Register for the tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Ground: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fabab28a3f58-cemetery

Events

40th Annual Manatee Heritage Days

Start Date:3/1/2019 12:00 AM
End Date:3/31/2019 12:00 AM

March marks the 40th Anniversary of Manatee Heritage Days. 

March will be filled with activities across Manatee County celebrating the county's history and culture. 

Download the brochure of all events here:Manatee Heritage Days 2019 List of Activities.pdf

Events

Spiritualism & Tea

Start Date:3/5/2019 11:00 AM
End Date:3/5/2019 1:00 PM


Get your tickets here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fabab28a3f58-spiritualism 

Join Manatee Village Historical Park staff for a hot cup of tea and fascinating stories of psychics, ghosts and divination. 

Manatee Village Historical Park will be opening a new exhibit, “Religion in Manatee”, in April. In conjunction with this new exhibit, Manatee Village staff will host Spiritualism & Tea at Charms of Leffingwell on April 26 and 27. 

Charms of Leffingwell is a tea room and antique store housed in a 1905 historical home in Ellenton. Charms will serve tea, scones, finger sandwiches and sweets.

Manatee Village staff will provide trivia and a brief talk on the history of Spiritualism, a fascinating religious movement that started in the mid-1800s based on the belief that spirits of the deceased remain present and are able to communicate with and give guidance to the living. 

The talk will touch on topics like the ghost story that started the movement in 1848 and the founding of Cassadaga, Florida’s famous “Psychic Capital of the World”, around 1875. 

There will be two identical sessions offered on either Friday, April 26 or Saturday, April 27 at 11am. 

The teas will take place at Charms of Leffingwell: 905 Leffingwell Ave, Ellenton, FL 34222. 

Tickets are $22 and include tea, sweets, and savories. They may be purchased online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fabab28a3f58-spiritualism. If you have questions about Sign Up Genius, call Manatee Village staff at (941) 749-7165. 

Dress up is encouraged. There will be a best hat contest. 

The Best Hat Contest is sponsored by The Village Mystic, Charms of Leffingwell, and the Whistle Stop Gift Shop. 

Manatee Village has eight sets of assisted listening devices available for use during the talk on a first come, first served basis.

Events

Launch Event: Walk Old Manatee

Start Date:4/26/2019 1:00 PM
End Date:4/26/2019 3:00 PM

Re-post from the Manatee County Public Library System. See the original post here: bit.ly/oldmanatee

Join the Manatee County Public Library for a reception celebrating the launch of the new walking tour app for Old Manatee. This walking tour app will be available for free to interested users. Because Manatee Village Historical Park has many sites featured on the app, the reception will be held at Manatee Village.

Florida Stories, a walking tour app, supports the creation of cultural, historical, and architectural walking tours for communities across the state of Florida. The Florida Stories app allows users to learn about the history of some of Florida’s most unique towns at their own pace and on their own schedule. The Old Manatee tour, available April 26, 2019, on the Florida Stories Walking Tour app is an initiative of the Florida Humanities Council and Manatee Libraries.

Old Manatee refers to the area of the original Town of Manatee situated on the Manatee River (east of 301); the tour will highlight sites pertaining to its history including 19th and early 20th century buildings constructed by early settlers in the town as well as rural areas, the Old Manatee Burying Grounds, and information about an early community known as Angola, a Maroon community (escaped slaves who lived with indigenous people) in the pre-Civil War era which was recently designated as a site on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Thank you to our partners listed below! Their support and scholarship make this project possible. 

Florida Humanities Council
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Realize Bradenton
Manatee Village Historical Park and Historical Resources​, Manatee Clerk of Court
Reflections of Manatee
Friends of the Central Library

For more information about this tour or other historical resources, please contact Information Services at reference@mymanatee.org

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

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for news and information! You can unsubscribe anytime you like.

Village Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays each month, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday openings in March and April are: March 9 & 23; April 13 & 27.

We will be closed Friday, April 19 for an in-service day.

Phone: (941) 749-7165
Email: manatee.village@manateeclerk.com

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:

 

Address:

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

Phone:

941-749-7165

Village Hours

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

9:00am – 4:00pm

Closed holidays and their corresponding weekends.