Tour the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds by torchlight...
Spirit Voices from Old Manatee is an outdoor historical drama and cemetery tour. The show opens with a Victorian wake held in the 1887 Church. As the story develops, cast and audience continue to "the other side" for a torch-lit tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds as the sun sets. Here, costumed thespians bring to life early pioneers of the Village of Manatee, veteran soldiers from the Seminole and Civil Wars, and other persons of interest in this area. These riveting graveside stories are based on narratives from archives, oral histories, diaries, military logs, books, and legend.
Spirit Voices from Old Manatee premiered in 2011 as an original living history production. Through this program, the Manatee County Historical Commission fulfills its mission to “preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period,” by offering visitors stories from this area's pioneer era.
First weekend: Friday, October 6 (opening night/full moon performance); and Saturday, October 7
Second weekend: Thursday, October 12; Friday, October 13; Saturday, October 14; and Sunday, October 15
Third weekend: Thursday, October 19; Friday, October 20; Saturday, October 21; Sunday, October 22 (closing night in the historic church)
Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors who have made this show possible: Manatee County Historical Society, Hickory Hollow, Republican Party of Manatee County, the Great Great Granddaughter of John Curry and Mary Ward Kemp, Shannon Funeral Homes, P.A., A.P. Bell Fish Co., Inc. and P.J's Sandwich Shop.