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About Manatee Village Historical Park


Our mission is to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County's founding period (1840-1918).

We do this through our museum and collection of historical and replica buildings. We typically display 2-3 exhibits on a variety of topics related to our mission. Our permanent exhibit is “One Century Plus of Ranching in Manatee County.” 

Our buildings are furnished to display what life was like in early Florida.

In addition to our exhibits, we also host special events like lectures, book signings, festivals, workshops, and demonstrations.

Buildings & Exhibits:


The Curator's Corner

Wiggins General Store

Wiggins General Store gallery

    Fogarty Boatworks

    Fogarty Boatworks Gallery

      Blacksmith Shop

      Blacksmith Shop Gallery

        The Settler’s House

        Settler's House Gallery

          The Smokehouse and Mill

          The Smokehouse and Mill Gallery

            The Potter Barn

            The Potter Barn Gallery

              The 1887 Church

              The 1887 Church Gallery

                The 1860 Courthouse

                The 1860 Courthouse Gallery

                  The Schoolhouse

                  The Schoolhouse Gallery

                    Old Cabbage Head

                    Old Cabbage Head Gallery

                      The Cowhunter’s Bunkhouse

                      The Cowhunter's Bunkhouse Gallery

                        The 1850’s Burying Grounds

                        The 1850's Burying Grounds Gallery

                          Junior Junction

                          Junior Junction Gallery

                            Village Rules:

                            In the interest of preserving our historic structures and artifacts for future generations:

                            1. Please no smoking anywhere in the Village.
                            2. Please use caution on uneven walkways.
                            3. Please keep your dog on a leash and do not take them inside the buildings.
                            4. Please clean up after your dog.
                            5. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
                            6. Please do not climb on the train engine. Use the stairs to enter the cab.
                            7. Visitors must wear shoes and appropriate clothing at all times. 

                            Village Hours:

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

                            Closures: Mon-Wed September 16-18; Wednesday, October 9

                            Upcoming Saturday openings: September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26

                            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.

                            Location Map:



                            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.