Old Manatee Tour

Flyer for launch event of Old Manatee Tour on Florida Stories Walking Tour app
The launch event is sponsored by Realize Bradenton and Friends of the Central Library; food catered and donated by Central Café and The Farm House, both of which are locations at Stop 4, which was originally the Central Hotel built in 1903. 

Florida Stories, a walking tour app, supports the creation of cultural, historical, and architectural walking tours for communities across the state of Florida. The Florida Stories app allows users to learn about the history of some of Florida’s most unique towns at their own pace and on their own schedule. The Old Manatee tour, available April 26, 2019, on the Florida Stories Walking Tour app is an initiative of the Florida Humanities Council and Manatee Libraries.

Old Manatee refers to the area of the original Town of Manatee situated on the Manatee River (east of 301); the tour will highlight sites pertaining to its history including 19th and early 20th century buildings constructed by early settlers in the town as well as rural areas, the Old Manatee Burying Grounds, and information about an early community known as Angola, a Maroon community (escaped slaves who lived with indigenous people) in the pre-Civil War era which was recently designated as a site on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Town of Manatee historical markerAngola historical panel
Manatee Mineral Spring historical marker

Manatee Village Historical Park hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, 2nd & 4th Sat each month 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (keys to Old Burying Ground gate must be obtained from park staff)

Reflections of Manatee hours
: hours vary for interior tour, please see the Reflections Facebook page for program listings

The Old Manatee tour is approximately 0.7 miles walking distance, one way, and can be walked or driven. Depending on how much time you spend at each stop, the tour can last from 1.5 to 2 hours. Because of traffic, we recommend driving across Manatee Ave/SR 64 on 15th St E in order to get from the Manatee Village to the Manatee Mineral Springs, though there is a crosswalk if you choose to walk.  

See below for Old Manatee tour route:

Old Manatee tour route

Thank you to our partners listed below! Their support and scholarship make this project possible.

Florida Humanities Council
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Realize Bradenton
Manatee Village Historical Park and Historical Resources​, Manatee Clerk of Court
Reflections of Manatee
Friends of the Central Library

For more information about this tour or other historical resources, please contact Information Services at reference@mymanatee.org.

This program is sponsored by the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.