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Special Announcement

The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc., a Non-Profit Agency existing under the laws of the State of Florida, will receive proposals from individuals, corporations, partnerships, and other legal entities authorized to do business in the State of Florida, to provide site planning and architectural services for the restoration of the historic W.H. Vanderipe House at the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL  34208.  This RFP includes but is not limited to site planning, architectural/engineering/design, scheduling and cost estimates of this 19th century home moved to Manatee Village Historical Park in accordance with the specifications included in the RFP.  - Download the Vanderipe House RFP

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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


Members of SUGAR CREEK MODEL RAILROADERS invite you to join them in the hobby of model railroading by signing up for a hands-on, two-part workshop in “N” gauge T-trak model railroading layout.  Explore this fascinating hobby to find out how you can get more involved in this pastime. During the workshop you will design a table-top N-gauge wooden modular unit measuring approximately 9" x 12" x 2½"  that you may keep and continue to build onto at home. (Visit and and read about the history and features of this layout.) If needed, an estimate as to the total investment to create your own functioning N-gauge layout (train, battery pack and other supplies) will be shared along with ideas for local resources. 

At the end of the workshop, units will be combined so that all can watch one of Bob’s N-gauge trains whiz down the track in a test run. Those interested in working on group projects in the future, may discuss the possibility of forming a Junior Engineers club where individual units are added to others to create a large scale layout such as the one created by this cub scout group:,nc.html    

Dates for two-part Workshop: Part 1 - Saturday, June 28, 9 am - 10:30 am Part 2 - Saturday, July 12; 9 am -10:30 am

Instructor:  “Engineer” Bob Geis

Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, outside under the trees;

Note: a covered location will be provided if weather threatens

Ages: Youth ages 8 thru 12, accompanied by a parent or authorized adult

Cost: 1 pair (1 youth accompanied by 1 adult) will create one modular layout unit at the cost of $5 or $10, depending on the number of single tracks purchased at cost form the instructor; All other materials needed for the workshop will be provided at no charge. These include: assembled wooden modular boxes, paints, ground cover, trees and structures plus detailed written instructions.

Registration: Please note: 1 youth plus 1 adult = 1 pair Minimum number of pairs needed to hold the workshop = 6 Maximum number of pairs the workshop can accommodate = 8 Advanced registration is required by Friday, June 20 by calling Manatee Village Historical Park at (941) 741-4075 or (941) 741-4076 and giving the name of the youth and the parent, guardian or authorized adult who will take the workshop with youth, as well as contact information (phone and/or) email.      

From A Heavenly Land: Julia's Story - Book Talk, Signing, & Reception

Monday, July 14, 2014, 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Talk at 6:30 pm, book signing before and after


A new addition to the From A Heavenly Land trilogy answers the question, “Why did they come to America?” In her engaging second novel, Cathy Slusser, a professional historian in Manatee County, Florida, carries you from 19th century Germany to the wilds of Florida as one woman’s true story shows the determination and faith necessary to make a new home in the Florida wilderness.

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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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