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“Somewhere in Time in Bradenton ”

Manatee Village Historical Park
Ranked #5 of 35 things to do in Bradenton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Manatee Village Historical Park's mission is to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period (1840-1918). We do this through our museum and collection of historical and replica buildings. We typically display 2-3 exhibits on a variety of topics related to our mission. Our permanent exhibit is “One Century Plus of Ranching in Manatee County.” Our buildings are furnished to display what life was like in early Florida. In addition to our exhibits, we also host special events like lectures, book signings, festivals, workshops, and demonstrations. Manatee Village operates thanks to a unique public-private partnership through the support of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller and the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc.
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Whenever we are on vacation in the Bradenton area we make a special point of stopping at Manatee Village Historical Park. We love this walk back in time to the history of Florida. The authentic buildings are so beautifully cared for by caretakers who love them as if they were their own. My great uncle owned an old grocery store so the general store reminded me of that with the sundries and home remedies and tools, etc. The law office and court house where justice was served reminded me of what the Constitution really means. All of the village situated in such a metro area was so different. I leave with this, our favorite building was the United Methodist Church, which is still operational for special occasions. It’s steeple stands so proud and regally into the skyline and we loved it! Kids will delight in the train engine. There are additional buildings to see, so allow enough time to do everything. Make sure you stop in at the gift shop - some really cool things. Definitely a great place to visit!

1  Thank Marlene M
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Perfectly preserved historical buildings crammed full of fascinating artifacts & nic nacs. Above the Wiggins Shop are exhibitions connected to the local history & industries of the Manatee area. There is a charming gift shop which they will open if you ask (usually only open for group visits).

1  Thank fisherpl
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

This is a collections of old buildings moved from around Manatee to create a local museum. Enthusiastic staff, fascinating insight.

1  Thank tom b
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

The manatee village is a wonderful step back into history. All the old buildings are furnished from the 1900s . The best time to visit is the Christmas season with a the decorations. A simpler time.

1  Thank David M
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

this is a must when visiting bradenton florida. just imagine when you are walking around what it was like back then. i enjoyed the old court house the most and also the old store and school house.

2  Thank thomaswk2014
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