Living off the Land
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.
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.
Experience what a general store at the turn of the 20th Century was like.
Learn how a family lived in Florida in the early 1900s.