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Manatee Village presents several public programs throughout the year, including lectures, craft workshops, and interactive family-friendly activities. The best way to keep informed about what is happening is to visit our website or Facebook page frequently, or sign up for our Cabbage Head Gazette newsletter on our Home Page.

Current Program Offerings


Edwin Culver presents a World War I Centennial Concert

Start Date:11/29/2018 5:30 PM
End Date:11/29/2018 7:00 PM

Edwin Jordan Culver, a classical guitarist, will perform a concert of World War I era music at Manatee Village Historical Park on Thursday, November 29. Purchase your tickets by clicking here.

This concert commemorates the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I. The Allies and Germany signed the armistice to cease hostilities on November 11, 1918, ending four years of one of the deadliest conflicts in history. 

Culver is a classical guitarist, composer, and music teacher based in Sarasota. Originally from Flushing, Michigan, he earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Hillsdale College.  

As a composer, Edwin says that he is “passionate about designing music with supreme intensity and emotion.” Stylistically, he also aims to retain refined and elevated elements of his art. His goals as a composer are to apply both classical and modern techniques and styles to create something new and deeply captivating. 

Culver’s concert will feature World War I era music, immersing listeners in history. They will hear songs inspired by those to which soldiers might have listened, sang, and danced. In between the songs, Culver will present brief facts about the war, the stories behind songs, and highlights on Manatee County’s role in the war. 

Additionally, Manatee Village Historical Park will present a small exhibit in the artifact display case on the second floor of the Wiggins Store. This exhibit will give a brief overview of the war, as well as describing Manatee County’s role—both abroad and on the home front. 

The concert will begin at 5:30pm in the 1887 Church.  

The second floor of the Wiggins Store will be open until 5:15pm for exhibit viewing (please note that this exhibit is very small). Visitors are welcome to view Manatee Village’s other exhibits and tour the buildings on a self-guided walking tour until 5:15, as well. 

The concert will last approximately one hour, with a reception and light refreshments to follow. The Manatee Village campus will close at 7:00pm.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets will be on sale here Centennial Concert Tickets

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Manatee Village provides 12 sets of assisted listening devices, also on a first come, first served basis.


An Old Florida Christmas

Start Date:12/15/2018 11:00 AM
End Date:12/15/2018 4:00 PM

Experience an old-fashioned Florida holiday celebration with family-friendly entertainment including musical performances, make-and-take seasonal crafts, heritage artisans, food vendors, and vintage silent holiday films - something to delight every age!

In the past, beautiful holiday-themed musical performances have been given by barbershop quartets, the Gulf Coast Flute Choir, and local elementary, middle, and high schools.   

Scattered throughout Manatee Village will be (free!) craft stations where you can make old-fashioned seasonal decorations, like orange pomanders, paper chains, and Popsicle stick reindeer.  

Every year, Manatee Village seeks out local artists, authors, craft vendors, and non-profits. In past years, vendors have offered face-painting and sold handmade wreaths, soaps, bonnets, aprons, jewelry, quilts, clothing and more. An Old Florida Christmas is the perfect opportunity to shop local and support the community’s artists.   

Take a lunch break in the courtyard, shaded by old oak trees. In the past, food vendors have included North River Manatee Kiwanis selling hamburgers and hotdogs and Kona Ice selling snow cones.   

Enjoy vintage silent films in the 1860 Courthouse like the 1905 version of “The Night Before Christmas” and a 1910 version of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, both produced at Thomas Edison’s film manufacturing studios.    

Every corner of Manatee Village will be decorated in splendid Victorian and Florida pioneer-inspired Christmas décor. Explore the museum’s landmarks like the Old Cabbage Head train and the Junior Junction playground. Learn something new about holiday traditions in the Christmas exhibit displayed in the Stephens Family Home. Unique gifts will be for sale in the museum’s Whistle Stop Gift Shop, like Christmas Preservation Angels, the proceeds from which are used to restore Manatee Village’s historical buildings.

Special Event admission: Adults $5; Youth 12 years and under FREE. No reservations necessary—tickets are for sale at the event.

Parking is free and is available at Manatee Village Historical Park, the East Manatee Health and Wellness Center (1312 Manatee Ave E), Manatee Baptist Church (1501 7th Ave E), or Manatee Elementary (1609 6th Ave E).

This public program is offered by producers: Manatee County Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.

Group Tour Information

Group tours are provided for groups of 10 people or more.* The cost is $3.00 per person. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance by calling (941) 749-7165. 

*Group tours may be provided for groups of 10 or fewer people, but the minimum cost of $30.00 will still apply.

Download our group tour application here: MVHP Group Tour Reservation Request rev. 1-30-12.pdf

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Village Hours:

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

There are no Saturday openings in November due to holiday weekends. We will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 through Sunday Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

Saturday openings in December are: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9am-4pm. 

Manatee Village will be open Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11am-4pm for an Old Florida Christmas, but this is a ticketed event costing $5.

We will be closed Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 25 for the winter holidays.

We will be closed January 1 for New Year's Day.

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.