The year is 1865. Rumors swirl with Florida being the escape route of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his administration. Union troops have moved into the area in response to the Confederate sympathies in from the surrender of Lee at Appomattox a month earlier. Due to intelligence gained recently, they are in hot pursuit of the former Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin. Federal forces now occupy the town of Manatee.
The 150th Occupation of Manatee commemorates one of the closing events of the American Civil War as Manatee struggles to come to grip with five years of war. Step back in time as Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton, Florida, hosts the 4th Brigade U.S., District of Florida, and civilian re-enactors, in a historical portrayal of what took place in the area during May, 1865. The public is welcome to watch from 12 noon to 7 pm Friday, May 22nd as the troops arrive to set up camp south of the Village. Then, with the help of Civil war soldiers and civilian re-enactors, the Village comes alive at 7am, Saturday, May 23rd with the daily life of Federal occupation in May 1865. Throughout the day, until 4 pm, living history interpreters will enable visitors of all ages to experience life on war and home fronts, complete with cavalry and military formations, military drills, commanding officers inspecting troops and other military activities. Civilian re-enactors will be struggling with the occupation as they conduct daily home life: a ladies tea, boat building, church services, period children games, music, dancing and so much more. Visit this collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and experience life in Manatee County at the end of the Civil War.
NOTE: In case of bad weather, the event may be postponed.
This educational and historical reenactment is hosted near the original settlement site by the Manatee County Historical Commission and R. B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources.
Event Date & time: Friday May 22, 2015, from 12 pm – 7 pm, Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 7 am - 4 pm
Event location & address: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64), Bradenton, FL 34208
Admission and Parking: FREE
For additional information: Please call: (941) 741-4076 or visit: http://www.manateevillage.org or https://www.facebook.com/manateehistoricalpark