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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 givingpartnerchallenge.org 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?

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour donation event that supports nonprofits in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Supported non-profits must demonstrate their transparency by creating a Giving Partner profile that is reviewed by Community Foundation staff. 

The Giving Challenge was founded in 2012 and has since raised more than $28 million in unrestricted funding to support local non profits. There are now nearly 600 participating non-profits.

When you donate through givingpartnerchallenge.org, the organization of your choice will receive not only your donation, but also special matching dollars and grant incentives.

To learn more about a participating nonprofit’s programmatic impact, leadership, planning, financials and needs, view their profile at thegivingpartner.guidestar.org

The Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.

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

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