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Living off the Land

Temporary Exhibit

Available on-site January 17, 2023

through November 2024

Living Off the Land: Florida’s Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living explores the various ways settlers in the mid-1800s through the early 1900s took advantage of readily available natural resources of the land and sea. 

Permanent Exhibitions

We offer several permanent exhibitions designed to present how Manatee County residents worked and lived between 1840 and 1918. These exhibits are located in the Wiggins General Store and Stephens House buildings.

One Century Plus of Ranching in Manatee

Learn how cattle ranching grew in Florida and Manatee County.

King Wiggins Office

View a recreation of what King Wiggins' office possibly looked like.

Wiggins Store

Experience what a general store at the turn of the 20th Century was like. 

Stephens House

Learn how a family lived in Florida in the early 1900s.

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