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Special Events & Programs

Manatee Village presents several popular festivals annually and throughout the year program events may also include lectures, craft workshops and interactive family-friendly activities at the Village. 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 Events


Civil War Harmonica Workshop

Start Date:7/14/2018 10:00 AM
End Date:7/14/2018 11:00 AM

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Local author and Civil War enthusiast Dr. Erwin Wunderlich will lead a Civil War harmonica music workshop at Manatee Village Historical Park on July 14.

Due to limited seating, Dr. Wunderlich will lead two (identical) workshops that each last approximately 45 minutes. The first will be held at 10am and the second at 2pm.

Tickets are $10 per participant and include a beginner’s harmonica, with historical music, and one 45-minute session in which Dr. Wunderlich will teach the basics of playing pre-1865 songs for the Key of C Harmonica. No previous experience is necessary. Ages 8 and up.

Dr. Wunderlich is the author of the Patrick D. Smith Award winning book, Salvos on the Backwater, about a family surviving the Civil War in Florida. He is also the author of Harmonica FUNdamentals with Civil War Songs: 20 Pre-1865 Songs for the Key of C Harmonica. Dr. Wunderlich will be selling his books after his workshop.

Dr. Wunderlich is a multi-generational Floridian whose family arrived in Florida in the 1850s. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and achieved the rank of naval Commander. He holds bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in environmental engineering, business, and education. He has worked on federal and state government environmental projects such as the Kissimmee River and Everglades restorations.

Tickets for the Civil War Harmonica Workshop are on sale starting now. They may be purchased online using a link ( provided in the Facebook event and on Manatee Village’s website at

Tickets are $10 and online sales require a $1 service fee.

If seats remain, Tickets may also be purchased in person for $10 starting July 2, when Manatee Village re-opens to the public after being closed for in-service work for the month of June. If any seats remain by July 14, tickets may be purchased at the door for $12. Ticket sales in person are cash only.

All ticket sales are first come, first served.

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 

Manatee Village will be closed May 26-28 in honor of Memorial Day. Manatee Village will then be closed the month of June for in-service work.

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