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2018 Giving Challenge: Help Us Save Old Cabbage Head

This year, the Manatee County Historical Commission is focusing its historic preservation efforts on Old Cabbage Head. Now over 100 years old, Old Cabbage Head is in need of conservation. You can help preserve local history by contributing to this project!

How do I donate?

There are three main ways to donate to this project:

  1. Make a check out to the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. and mail it to Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208.
  2. Donate with PayPal or credit card here: Support
  3. Donate at during the Giving Challenge: Tuesday, May 1, 12:01pm - Wednesday, May 2, 12:00pm. Donations during this time will be matched up to $100 by the Patterson Foundation.

What does this project entail?

Exposure to Florida's sun and rain has taken its toll on Old Cabbage Head. The train needs conservation work, but the conservation will only last a few years without a shelter. 

The Manatee County Historical Commission's plan is two-fold: build a shelter to help protect Old Cabbage Head from the weather, and then hire a conservationist to restore the train.

What is the Giving Challenge?

Every year, local ensembles perform in the 1887 Church during an Old Florida Christmas. Here is the line-up for Sat. Dec. 15, 2018:

  • 11:15 am: Faith Life Youth Choir will sing carols in the courtyard and on Old Manatee Ave.
  • 11:30: The Crusader Band Ensembles from Martha B. King Middle School will perform in the Old Meeting House Church.
  • 12:30 pm: The BATERISTAS! from the Manatee School for the Arts will play percussion in the courtyard.
  • 1:45: The Rowlett Boys Choir from Rowlett Academy will sing in the Old Meeting House Church.
  • 2:30: The Gulf Coast Flute Choir will perform in the courtyard.
  • 3:00: Peace Lutheran Chimes will perform in the Old Meeting House Church.

If you are an ensemble director at a local organization and would like to participate in an Old Florida Christmas in 2019, please send us an email at:

The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc.

Manatee Village Historical Park operates thanks to a unique public-private partnership. This partnership exists through the support of the Historical Resources Division of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller, and the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit community benefit organization. 

The funding received through the Manatee County Clerk's Office provides a modest operating budget for administrative support, regular maintenance, and educational programming, exhibits, and events that are produced for public benefit. But that does not pay the full extent of all that we do here at Manatee Village Historical Park!

The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. conducts fundraising to help further their mission to "preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County's founding period, 1840-1918." The Commission achieves their mission through advocacy, preservation and education. Initiatives supported by the Commission include restoration efforts at Manatee Village Historical Park, care and maintenance of objects in Manatee Village's collection, and educational programming, exhibits, and events.

A History of Old Cabbage Head

  • Built in 1913
  • Hauled lumber in North Florida, until it was brought to Manatee County in 1948
  • Retired in 1951
  • Moved to the Green Bridge in 1954 to greet visitors to Bradenton
  • Moved to Rossi Waterfront Park in 1984 and was restored
  • Moved to Manatee Village in 2002


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



Village Hours

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

9:00am – 4:00pm

Closed holidays and their corresponding weekends.