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Special Announcement

Manatee Village Historical Park will be closed Saturday, August 8th, 2015 to allow volunteers and park staff, employees of the Department of Historical Resources under the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, to attend memorial services for R. B. “Chips” Shore. Mr. Shore, who served as Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller since 1976, died Wednesday, July 29th He was a strong proponent for Manatee County’s historic preservation and heritage education.

Manatee Village Historical Park to close for renovation
Manatee Village Historical Park will be closed to visitation from Monday, August 10th, 2015 through Friday, August 21st, 2015, due to renovations to the park grounds. Tourists are encouraged to visit our sister parks: The Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee County Agricultural Museum in Palmetto, and The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez. Manatee Village Historical Park will reopen at 9 am on Saturday, August 22nd.

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

September 12, 2015 Manatee Village Historical Park hosts Cemetery Resource Protection Training

Did you know that one of the oldest organized burying grounds on the Gulf Coast is located across the street from Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton? Interest in this sacred plot of land peaks each fall when the Manatee County Historical Commission presents the drama Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, an original artistic production highlighting early pioneers of the Village of Manatee and other persons of interest buried within the gates of the Old 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds.

Join Florida Public Archeology Network staff Saturday, September 12, from 9 am – 11 am and learn about cemetery care and preservation where you live. This workshop will interest taphophiles (tombstone tourists) and those who explore cemeteries for the historical insights they provide. It will also benefit caretakers of private family plots or churchyards, and professional maintenance technicians who work for public or municipal cemeteries. Gain tips and learn about scientific techniques on how to conserve headstones and markers, manage cemetery landscapes, and transcribe headstones. Those attending will practice hands-on headstone cleaning and see a fascinating demonstration of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). GPR provides a three-dimensional picture of sedimentary layers. When combined with other archeological and historical research techniques, GPR images can provide researchers with a better understanding of what may be concealed beneath the ground.

This Program is FREE with preregistration by September 7th. Class size is limited. To register call (941) 741-4076; Location: Manatee Village Historical Park and the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds are located between 14th Street East and 15th Street East on Manatee Avenue East in Bradenton, FL 34208.

About FPAN

The Florida Public Archeology Network is a State funded organization administered by the University of West Florida in cooperation with the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources. It is dedicated to helping the public learn about Archeology and Florida’s rich cultural past. Regional centers around Florida serve as clearinghouses for information, institutions for learning and training, and headquarters for public participation in archaeology.

Save the Dates – Spirit Voices from Old Manatee: Season V

October is the season for tales from our crypts. Join us as Manatee’s pioneers make an appearance to share their stories. This is an original artistic production highlighting early pioneers of the Village of Manatee and other persons of interest buried within the gates of the Old 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds.

October 2015

1ST WEEKEND: Thursday, 1st; Friday, 2nd; Saturday, 3rd; Sunday, 4th

2ND WEEKEND: Thursday, 8th; Friday, 9th; Saturday, 10th; Sunday, 11th

3RD WEEKEND: Thursday, 15th; Friday, 16th; Saturday, 17th; Sunday, 18th*

Gates Open at 6:30 pm; Show & Cemetery Tour* at 7:00 pm

(The Sunday, October 18th show will be a stationary performance in the 1887 Church for guests who prefer a seated experience.)

Purchase tickets early! $20 per person; Tickets: go on sale Tuesday, September 8th

Terms: cash, check, money order, ATM/Debit, and most major credit cards (Tickets purchased at the Gate are on a CASH ONLY basis.)

Call in your order: (941) 741-4076 or purchase tickets at Manatee Village Historical Park

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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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