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Cottage Museum Kitchen
The Cottage Museum Kitchen

Heritage Chapel
Heritage Chapel

Palmetto Historical Commission

The Palmetto Historical Commission is a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, documents and artifacts. The Palmetto Historical Commission operates the Palmetto Historical Park in partnership with the City of palmetto and the manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court. We encourage you to participate in saving the history of the area by becoming a member. The Palmetto Historical Commission meets each month for special events, speakers or business meetings. Call (941) 723-4991 for meeting and event dates.

Membership dues for joining the Historical Commission are:

  • $10.00 for a single membership
  • $25.00 for a family membership
  • $75.00 for a perpetual membership

Palmetto Historical Park

The Palmetto Historical Commission was organized by the late Josephine Harrison and confirmed by the Palmetto City Council in 1982 to save Palmetto's original post office from demolition. The original post office was moved to the corner of 10th Avenue and 6th Street. This site originally was the town's first city hall, public school, Carnegie Library, municipal water plant and fire station. In 1997, the Mayor and her Commissioners dedicated the site as the Palmetto Historical Park. Since that time, three additional buildings were relocated to this property. The recently built Heritage Chapel and the Agricultural Museum are also on this site.

The Chapel and the Auditorium of the Carnegie Library are available for rental. Email Steve Ahern.