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Manatee Village Historical Park

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Hours & Location
Our Hours:
Monday–Friday, 2nd & 4th* Saturdays of the month

9 AM–4 PM

Closed on holidays and their associated weekends.

Upcoming Closures:
  • March 29 (Fri.) for Good Friday


Admission is free; donations are appreciated

Located at:

1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64)

Bradenton, FL 34208

Upcoming Saturday Openings:
  • March 9 and 23
  • April 13 and 27
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Upcoming Events

Lecture: Mayhem in Manatee

Saturday, March 23, 2024 | 10 - 11 am

From murders to prison escapes, the Sarasota Vigilance Committee left the nation in awe when a group of men in Sarasota (then part of Manatee County) came together in 1884 to form a group with the sole purpose of eliminating “obnoxious” people. By summer they would have committed their first murder and gotten away with it. In December, they murdered postmaster Charles Abbe in broad daylight but they wouldn’t be so lucky.


If you've attended this lecture before, we encourage you to do so again! More research has yielded additional information, adding to this fascinating story.

Image: Sarasota Main Street, ca. 1890, courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collections

Lecture: Medicine and Maladies

Saturday, March 23, 2024 | 2 - 3 pm

Frontier life was full of dangers for the early US pioneers and small injuries like a cut could turn deadly. Yet, they were also living in a time of revolutionary advances in medicine and the understanding of diseases. Come explore how pioneers made the best of their circumstances and overcame (or succumbed) in the wilderness of pioneer Florida. 

Image: Florida. Territorial Legislative Council. An Act to Regulate the Admission of Physicians and Surgeons to Practice in This Territory, 1824. 1824-12-30. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

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