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About Us

Manatee Village Historical Park works in partnership with the City of Bradenton to offer free, self-guided walking tours of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. This is the oldest established cemetery in Manatee County.  

Pick up a key to the cemetery and an information packet in our Whistle Stop Gift Shop. The Burying Grounds must be locked and the key returned by the time the museum closes (4:00pm).

Manatee County Historical Commission invites your participation in creating a Master Preservation Plan for the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. Through a grant from the Florida Department of Historical Resources, we will be updating the interpretation of the cemetery. 

Take the survey to tell us what changes you would like to see:   

Public Survey for 1850 Burying Grounds Plan (English): 

Público Encuesta para Plan de 1850 Burying Ground (en Español):

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 each month, 9:00am – 4:00pm

                            We are closed the month of June for maintenance.

                            We will resume normal hours on Monday, July 1.

                            Saturday openings in July: 13 & 27.

                            Closures: Thursday, July 4

                            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.