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Special Announcement

Tropical Weather Closure & Program Cancellation

Due to Hurricane Matthew, on Friday, October 7th Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, will be closed and the performance of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee will be cancelled. Tickets to this show may be exchanged for another night pending availability. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

The Village will reopen at 12:30 pm, on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Tonight’s performance of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee will take place in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church. The Saturday, October 8th performance will take place in the 1850 Old Manatee Burying Grounds, weather permitting. In case of continuing rain, the Saturday, October 8th Performance will take place in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church.

Times and Locations

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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

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee: Season VI Production Dates

The Manatee County Historical Commission is pleased to announce the 2016 production dates for Season VI of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee. This popular special event is a key fundraiser benefiting public programming and preservation projects at Manatee Village Historical Park.


Spirit Voices from Old Manatee is an outdoor drama and cemetery tour that premiered in 2011 as an original living history production. Through this program, the Manatee County Historical Commission fulfills its mission: “Preserving our Past to Enrich Our Future”, by educating the public about the lives of early Southwest Florida pioneers who settled this area. Thespians in period dress personify several of Manatee’s early pioneers interred at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. Their graveside dialogs are based on narratives from archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. The program is an experience like no other, unfolding at the Old Settler’s House at Manatee Village Historical Park with a Victorian wake and continuing by torch-light “on the other side,” at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds, as the sun sets.

Production Dates:

The 2016 production will take place the second, third, and fourth weekends of October.

Week I: October 6th, 7th, & 8th

Week II: October 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th

Week III: 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd

Tickets: $20.00 each

Advance Terms: Cash, Check or ATM/Debit & most major credit cards

(Tickets purchased at the Gate are on a CASH ONLY basis.)

Audience space limited. Advance ticket purchase recommended!


*Please note for all shows gates open at 6:30 PM, show begins at 7:00 PM.

** All shows take place outdoors, except the Sunday, October 23rd show, which takes place in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church for those who either cannot, or do not wish to, trek through the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. In case of inclement weather, outdoor shows will be held in the 1887 Church.

On Sale Date: Tickets will go on sale to the public at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. Purchases can be made with cash or check at Manatee Village, or over the phone with Visa, Master Card, or Discover. Ticket sales at the gate will be on a cash only basis.

This program is produced by Angelina “Angel” M. Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.

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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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