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Manatee Village Historical Park


Our Hours:

Monday–Friday, 2nd/4th Saturdays of the month

9 AM–4 PM

Closed on holidays and their associated weekends.

We may be closed at other times due to inclement weather.

(Closures will be announced on this page.)

Upcoming Closures:

Saturday Openings:

(Gift Shop Open)

March 11 & 25

Want to make a donation?

Click the red button below.

Thank you for supporting our museum!

Upcoming Production at Manatee Village

Inspired by true events and the early settlers of Manatee County, The Ballad of Old Manatee tells the dynamic love story of James C. Vanderipe and Sarah Lee—and an intense conflict between James and Sarah's father, the Reverend Edmund Lee. This conflict, shrouded in mystery and intrigue, leads to James' death and burial in what is called "The Lonesome Grave." History meets mystery in this unique theatrical experience!

Shows run on select days April 22 to May 6 and tickets are limited.

Hammer family home on Holly Hill Drive - Davenport, Florida, 1911 - State Archives of Flor

New Temporary Exhibit Open

Living Off
the Land

Image: Hammer family home on Holly Hill Drive, Davenport, Florida, 1911 - State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Take a stroll back in time...

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About Us


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

With free admission and 14 points of interest, this is a great way to learn about the history of Manatee County and Old Florida long before paved roads and electricity.



We are located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East
(SR 64), Bradenton, FL 34208

Our entrance is on 14th Street East 

(see map below)

Just look for "Old Cabbage Head," 

our 1913 Baldwin Locomotive,

welcoming visitors to the museum.

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Admission is FREE! Donations welcome. In the Wiggins Store, you may donate with cash or donate online.

Certain special events require an admission fee.

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Manatee Village Historical Park is primarily accessible for differently-abled individuals. Due to the historic nature of our buildings, visitors may be offered an alternative experience.
Call 941-749-7165 or email for more information.

Support us when you purchase items on Amazon!
Click the button above to set your Amazon Smile account to
"Manatee County Historical Commission Inc."
A portion of your spending amount will come to our non-profit
without you spending extra money!

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