Manatee Village Historical Park

The Manatee Village Historical park, in Bradenton FL, contains a number of historical buildings that instead of being demolished were purchased, moved to the park, and reassembled for display. I like these kinds of museums because they show how ordinary people lived their day-to-day lives.

Here are some photos from an afternoon at the park.

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The Wiggins General Store, built in 1903

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The Fogerty Boat Works, 1866-1944

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Interior

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Camp still,used to extract turpentine from pine trees. 

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Blacksmith forge, used to make horseshoes and household items

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The Stephenshouse, built in 1894. Typical of rural Florida homes. There was no electricity or plumbing.

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Kitchen, with wood stove

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Church, 1887

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Interior

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Courthouse, 1859

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Interior

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Schoolhouse, 1908

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Interior
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