Updated: 8/22/2017

Manatee Village Historical Park

Palmetto, Florida

Street Address
515 19th Avenue West
Palmetto, FL 34221
Hours
Monday - Friday9 AM - 4 PM
Sundayclosed
2nd & 4th Saturdays of every month. Closed Sundays and government holidays.
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Cemetery
Culture
History
Historic House
Historical Society
Park
Staff
Phaedra Carter, Supervisor
phone: 941-741-4075
Melissa Porter, Education & Volunteer Coordinator
phone: 941-741-4075
Bridget Donahue-Farrell, Curator
Lucretia Rupert, Historical Resources, Finance Assistant
Kathryn Rohlwing, Special Events & Marketing Coordinator

Description

Under the shade of two hundred year old oak trees, explore historic buildings and travel back in time to experience pioneer life in early Southwest Florida.

Mission

The mission of Manatee Village Historical Park is to share Manatee County's history through educational programs, exhibitions and events allowing visitors to reminisce and experience the past while educating them about our shared heritage and developing a new generation of historian in an attractive and enjoyable environment.

History

Established in 1975 with the move and restoration of the 1887 Old Meeting House Church as a bicentennial celebration project, the Manatee Village Historical Park has grown to encompass 15 points of interest including 9 restored historical structures.

Artifacts Collections

The Manatee Village Historical Park's collections consist mainly of restored buildings from Manatee County's pioneer past, along with photos, documents and artifacts from this period.

Educational Programs

Manatee Village Historical Park's educational programming includes permanent and temporary exhibits, field trips for students grade 3 and up, select lectures and historically themed annual events, the Manatee County History Fair (an affilliate of the National History Day program), and outreach programming. All of the afore mentioned programs are available at not cost. Adult group tours are available for groups of ten and up, at a cost of $2 per person, with two weeks advance notice. Admission is required for some annual special event programming.

    Governance

    The Manatee Village Historical Park operates thanks to the support of the Manatee County Clerk of Court's Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the pioneering spirit and heritage of the early settlers of the area.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications

    The Cabbagehead Gazette, named for the 1913 Baldwin steam locomotive which has become the hallmark of the Park, is our monthly newsletter created to inform volunteers, donors, and visitors of what is new at Manatee Village Historical Park.

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