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1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208, USA

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Upcoming Events


Cow Hunters Exhibit

Opening Reception

Monday, March 2, 2020


Introducing our "Cow Hunters" exhibit! Enjoy our new exhibit, artwork, and more. The exhibit will showcase cow hunting in Manatee County and Florida’s involvement in the cattle industry. The exhibit will also feature the artwork of Jerri Phillips titled “The Art & History of the Florida Cracker Trail.” Phillips is a local artist known for her Florida Cracker paintings including scenes of cattle, horses, cow hunters, buildings, and landscapes. The exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Wiggins Store (our wheelchair lift is in working order!).

Light refreshments will be available outside and other activities will take place throughout the site including a cow hunter game designed for children and information on the Florida Cracker Trail Ride. While on the museum grounds, explore landmarks like our "Old Cabbage Head" locomotive and the Junior Junction playground. 

Opening reception will take place Monday, March 2, 2020 at 6:00pm. The museum and grounds will close at 7:00pm. 

Free to attend! Kid & family-friendly.

Photo: Painting by Jerri Phillips: Hart Cabin at Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs, FL.

Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64) Bradenton, FL.

Old Manatee Picnic

Saturday, March 14, 2020


Did you know about the Underground Railroad right here in Manatee County? Hosted by Sherry Svekis of Reflections of Manatee and Manatee Libraries, join us for a talk on the community of Angola, a refuge for enslaved peoples between Manatee River and the Sarasota Bay. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Central Library. FREE event.

Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64) Bradenton, Florida.

Cemetery Tours

Saturday, March 28, 2020

11:00am & 2:00pm

Back by popular demand, take a guided walking tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds!

Two guided tours will take place in the daylight of Spring on March 28th. Learn the cemetery’s history and landscape, personal stories of those buried, and the meaning of tombstone shapes and symbols.

Tours will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11:00am and at 2:00pm. Each tour lasts approximately one hour.

Special Tour Fee: $10 per person. Limited spaces, non-refundable. Tickets will go on sale at the end of February. Tickets must be purchased in advance - link coming soon!

Appropriate clothing and footwear is encouraged. Tours take place outside with natural elements including uneven ground and exposure to sunlight. Changes due to weather will be decided 30-60 minutes before tour. In case of rain, the tour will take place in the 1887 Church with a presentation.

Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida.