Manatee County Historical Society


 The Manatee County Historical Society (MCHS) was chartered on March 18, 1946 and is the oldest local historical society.



The Society endeavors to preserve, protect and promote the memory of a land so rich in stories of how this unique area came to be, a trove of interesting people and their times.  Shaped by those people, weather and wars, the Village of Manatee and the surrounding county reflect how hard work and events, and sometimes serendipity, formed what we have today.



The Society welcomes you to join us.  We hold monnthly luncheon/meetings  from October through May with a wide variety of expertise in the history of Manatee County.  Many have deep family roots in the area, and all are interesting and interested in the story of our home.  These programs are included in the cost of the luncheon.



Membership in the Society is $20.00 annually and open to all the opportunity to meet people who love this area and to learn about the rich heritage that we enjoy today.  As a Society member, you will also be invited to participate in special events at the Village, including our annual picnic and Cracker Christmas.  ***MEMBERSHIP  SPECIAL***  Make a reservation for one of our luncheon/meetings...If you join the Society, the $20.00 luncheon cost is waived and pays for your one-year membership.




*Historical Markers*   *Historical Photographs*   *Scholarships*  *Society Affiliations*


The Society began identifying historical sites and events and erecting historical markers to commemorate them back in 1965. Over the years, more than 50 markers have been placed.

Check out the latest marker in person, the Guerro Home Site, 1201 Bayshore Drive, Terra Ceia; and north of the Manatee River on 72nd Street East for the Rubonia Silver Leaf Women’s Club. Our markers have ­crossed the county from Bean Point in Anna Maria to the Craig Sugar Mill Chimney and the Gamble Sugar Cane Mill in Ellenton and  to Fogartyville and Wilhelmsenburg west of Ware’s Creek in Bradenton. Some of our earliest markers went to the Mineral Spring and the 1887 Methodist Church in Manatee. Braden Castle is there, as is Oneco, with the Reasoner’s Pioneer Florida Nursery. Palma Sola and Palmetto have been included.

Most of our MCHS early markers are listed with their text in the book by the late MCHS member Floyd Boone: Boone’s Florida Historical Markers and Sites, which can be found in most of Manatee County public libraries.


In the mid-1960's, the Society began copying old photographs from early families.  In 1977, these completed images were turned over to the local library system. The Society's original 6,259 historical images now form the base of more than 32,900 images now found on the Manatee County Library System's  internet     homepage:

Some search terms you may wish to use to view some of the wonderful old views include steamboats, wharves, docks, sailboats, Manatee Avenue, Churches, Schools and Main Street. Mayors, doctors, sheriff's and family names and local place names are well represented.


The Manatee County Historical Society has established a college scholarship for a deserving high school senior. The applicant should be a resident of Manatee County,   This scholarship is non-renewable and is paid by semester directly to the college. A strong interest in local history should be demonstrated by the applicant. Contact the Society for more information.



Manatee County Historical Society

May 22, 2019


11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

 Manatee County Historical Park

Time: 11:00 -11:15 a.m.

Cost: $10.00 (payable upon arrival)



Please place your sandwich order with Jan Greene 941-792-2928 or Peggy Veeder, by

Sunday, May by 6:00 p.m.

Order by number: 1, 2, 3, 4,5 or 6.    NOTE: The MCHS Treasurer will bill you for failure to cancel a reservation in a timely manner.   YOUR CHOICES are below!!! 


Order by number: 1, 2, 3, 4,5 or 6.

Box Lunch includes chips, cookie and condiments. Drinks will be provided by the Society.

1. Ham and Cheese White (lettuce and tomato)

2. Ham and Cheese Wheat (lettuce and tomato)

3. Roast Beef White (lettuce and tomato)

4. Roast Beef Wheat (lettuce and tomato)

5. Turkey White

6 Turkey Wheat


Box Lunch includes chips, cookie and condiments. Drinks will be provided by the Society.



!Please! Bring a friend!


Please make your reservation by Sunday,  May 19, 5:00 p.m.


Picnic Box: $10.00