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Upcoming Events

Events: Meet the Team
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Historical Sketch of Ft. Brooke, Tampa; courtesy of Florida Memory

Discovering Florida: Settling the Florida Frontier

Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 2-3 PM

“The state of that Frontier is most disastrous.” – South Branch Intelligencer (May 28, 1836)

Disease…war…unpredictable weather…wild animals…Florida was often considered a vast and dangerous wilderness; but that did not stop people from coming here to call her home.  What enticed pioneers to move here in the 1840s?  And what about those that were already here when they started to arrive?  Join staff as we explore early impressions of Florida, motivations for settling in Manatee County, and the relationships between pioneers and the other groups that were here before them.


Rev. J. R. Crowder Headstone

Cemetery Tours

Saturday, October 14 & 28, 2023 | 9:30am-10:30am, 11am-12pm

Join us for a free hour-long tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds led by a member of Manatee Village's staff. Tours cover different facets of life during Manatee's Founding Period (1840-1918) as well as stories of those buried in the burying grounds. Topics vary depending on the staff member leading the tour. Spots are limited and this event is first come first served. 

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