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Special Announcement

Manatee Village Historical Park will be open for visitation at 11 am, Saturday, October 10th, 2015 rather than 9 am. This time adjustment is due to the special dramatic event, Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, taking place at the Park later that day. The Park will close at 4pm, according to posted schedule.

Times and Locations

Realize Bradenton

The Manatee Village Historical Park is a proud partner of Realize Bradenton. Joining arts, culture and heritage to make downtown Bradenton a unique place to live, work and visit.

Location: 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34208

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Second & Fourth Saturdays: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Phone Number: (941) 749-7165
Fax Number: (941) 708-5924
E-mail: Manatee Village
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Manatee Village Historical Park is closed New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Holiday, Labor Day Weekend, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Weekend, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Upcoming Special Events

A 1915 Florida Cracker Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 13th 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton. Special event admission Adults $5, youth 12 years & under FREE. Free Parking.

Experience a traditional, old-fashioned, Florida holiday celebration with family-friendly entertainment, heritage artisans, "make and take" seasonal crafts for adults and youth, visiting vendors and vintage silent holiday films - something to delight every age! Every corner of the Park will be dressed with color and splendid Victorian décor. Our Victorian Santa, "Father Christmas" will listen to your wish list. You might even encounter Ebenezer Scrooge! While in the Village, explore landmarks, "Old Cabbage Head", the Junior Junction playground, museum exhibits and the Whistle Stop Gift Shop. Guaranteed to get you in the mood for the season are the choral, instrumental and dance performances by: Martha B. King School King Crusader Band Ensembles, Manatee School of the Arts Chorus, Southeast High School Chamber Orchestra, Saint Stephens Episcopal School Chorus, Peace Lutheran School Junior Chimes, Bella Danza Ballroom and Dance Academy, the Gulf Coast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus EZ Keys Quartet and The Palm View First Baptist Church Choir.   This program is produced by Angelina “Angel” M. Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission. Proceeds for this event support continued community and educational programs of the Manatee County Historical Commission.

Thank you – Sponsors:

• North Manatee Realty, Inc.

• Wyman, Green & Blalock Real Estate, Inc. Partners:

• Manatee Performing Arts Center

• Realize Bradenton

• Bradenton Farmer’s Market


• Visit Sarasota County

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM at the Manatee County Fair Grounds, 1402 14th Street West, Palmetto. Free presentation, with paid fair admission. Seating is first come, first served.

Folklorist and photographer Bob Stone will present this engaging and informative program, which explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. There will be two identical presentations - the first at 1:00 PM, and the second at 4:00 PM. Both shows will take place at the Manatee County Fair and are presented via a partnership between the Manatee County Historical County Historical Commission and the Manatee River Fair Association, in celebration of the fair's centennial anniversary.

About the program - Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

About the Speaker - Bob Stone is an independent folklorist and media-producer based in Gainesville. In 2011, the Florida Department of State honored him with the Florida Folk Heritage Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a lifelong advocate of the folk arts and folk artists of Florida. He conducted extensive field documentation and served as co-curator for the large travelling exhibition Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition, which has been viewed by more than 520,000 visitors from Florida to Nevada. He edited the exhibition catalog, which was published in February 2013 by the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation. His documentary photos have been shown in numerous exhibitions and published in Newsweek, The New York Times, Forum, Wooden Boat and other print media. He is the author of Sacred Steel: Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition, University of Illinois Press, 2010. Mr. Stone will be available to sign books following the program.

This program is produced via a partnership with the Manatee River Fair Association, the Manatee County Historical Commission, and Angelina “Angel” M. Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources.

Egmont Key: The Little Island with a Big History

Monday, February 1st, 11:00 AM at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton

Local historian Don Thompson will present the history of Egmont Key from pre-Colombian Native Americans to its present day use as a nature preserve and base for Tampa Bay pilots. The program includes images of early Spanish maps and the Civil War. Anecdotes and photos revisit the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families, Henry B. Plant's steamboat excursions to the island, and the building of Fort Dade in the Spanish-American War era. Once home to 300 people, today the island's main inhabitants are gopher turtles and sea birds.

Free presentation. Seating is first-come-first-served, in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church.

This program is produced by Angelina “Angel” M. Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.

Parking and Map

General admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated. Certain special events require an admission fee. Contact Park staff for details.

Manatee Village Historical Park is primarily handicapped accessible. Due to the historic nature of some of our buildings, visitors may be offered an alternative experience. Call or e-mail for more information.

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