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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

150th Occupation of the Village of Manatee

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

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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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