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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

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

LEVEL I SPONSORS: Factory Tire Outlet, Inc., Sandy Sweeny Cleaning Service

LEVEL II SPONSORS: Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Inc., Brighthouse Networks, Firkins Automotive, First Manatee Bank, Insurance Time of Bradenton, Inc., Manatee Diagnostic Center, Republican Party of Manatee County, Shannon Funeral Homes, P.A., Wyman, Green, & Blalock Real Estate, Inc., & Wyman Plumbing

LEVEL III SPONSORS: The Halliburton Family - In Honor of Juneous Adams, Hancock Bank, Mixon's Fruit Farms

LEVEL V SPONSORS: A.P. Bell Fish Company, Bradenton-Herald, Pelot's Pharmacy

Canning 101 - Pickles, With Lisa Fulk of Sunshine Canning

Tuesday, October 20th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton will offer Canning 101, an introduction to the art and science of canning, with Lisa Fulk on Tuesday, October 20th at 5:30 pm. Whether new to canning or just needing a refresher course, taking this workshop is great starting point and pickles are a fun way to get into canning. Lisa will discuss canning safety, equipment, and science, specifically the boiling water bath technique which, once mastered, enables one to safely and confidently can everything from jams to pickles to fruit! During this workshop, students will take an active role and put their newly gained knowledge to the test by pickling a seasonal vegetable. They will leave the workshop proudly carrying the jar of pickles they made along with copious notes on brine, sweet and dill recipes, and ingredients needed for a successful pickle product. Lisa Fulk is a graduate of New College and a Cornell-certified Master Food Preserver. Through her company Sunshine Canning, she offers locally-sourced artisanal jams and pickles at various markets and retail locations in the area. She also teaches canning classes and workshops throughout southwest Florida. Interested parties must preregister and secure their reservation with payment by Tuesday, October 13th. The $30.00 workshop fee includes all supplies (and the instructor promises to bring lots of home-canned goodies for students to sample!) For more information please contact (941) 741-4076. Manatee Village Historical Park is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida, 34208

Florida's Fantastic Bats -  Saturday, October 24th, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

By Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Sensing Nature, LLC

As the sun fades below the horizon, Florida’s only flying mammal, the bat, emerges from its roosts. Join Sensing Nature’s wildlife biologist Jeanne Murphy to learn about this spectacular creature of the night, including how biologists like her monitor bat locations. During the presentation, eavesdrop on recorded bat conversations, find out how this winged-warrior of the night benefits us and learn how we can help it too. The night skies are noisier than you think!

Jeanne is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for Florida’s wildlife and natural areas and is an award winning, certified instructor for the University of Florida’s Florida Master Naturalist Program, for which she teaches all seven courses throughout the year. This program is free and family friendly.

A Seminole Wars Tour of Florida: with historians John & Mary Lou Lissall

In conjunction with Florida’s recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the Manatee County Historical Commission will host a presentation by authors and Seminole War historians, John and Mary Lou Missall, titled: A Seminole Wars Tour of Florida. The Missall’s primary work focuses on the Seminole Indian Wars. Their presentation will correlate with the newly released Florida Seminole Wars Heritage Trail book, a Florida Heritage Publication released by the Florida Division of Historical Resources. The couple served as Editors-in-Chief and Project Administrators for the guide.

Florida’s Seminole Wars are often said to be the longest, costliest, and deadliest of all the nation's Indian wars, spanning a period of forty years. For the Seminole people, it was a fight to remain in their homeland which sadly ended with the removal of 3,000 Seminoles from Florida. The public is welcome to attend the presentation at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East in Bradenton, Florida on Thursday, November 5th at 1 pm. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please contact: (941) 741-4076 or visit:

About the Missalls:

John and Mary Lou Missall are members of the Board of Directors of the Seminole Wars Foundation, Inc. The organization was founded in 1992 to preserve significant sites involved in the Seminole Wars, to establish educational programs about the wars’ importance in Florida heritage and to publish pertinent material relating to the wars. The following literary works are credited to the Missall’s research and/or literary creativity: "The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict" from the University Press of Florida; "Hollow Victory" a novel of the Second Seminole War from the Florida Historical Society Press; "This Torn Land: Poetry of the Second Seminole War" from the Seminole Wars Foundation; "This Miserable Pride of a Soldier: The Letters and Journals of Col. William S. Foster in the Second Seminole War" from the Seminole Wars Foundation and the University of Tampa Press. Their articles have been published in "The Encyclopedia of War and American Society." Upcoming projects include “Elizabeth’s War” a novel of the First Seminole War (coming this winter from the Florida Historical Society Press), a history of the Third Seminole War (co-authored with Dr. Joe Knetsch), a book on the life of Capt. John Rogers Vinton, and Volumes 2 & 3 of John's "An Ancient Tale New Told." The Missalls were televised on the PBS documentary "Unconquered Seminoles” which won the 2009 "Telly" Award. They have also been commentators on The Weekly Radio Magazine of the Florida Historical Society, a half-hour radio program that airs on public radio stations throughout the State. For more about their work visit:

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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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