Historical Area References

Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Contact: (941) 778-0492
402 Pine Ave (PO Box 4315), Anna Maria, FL 34216
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits materials and artifacts relating to the history Anna Maria Island. Learn about Anna Maria Island’s rich history; including its settlers, characters, the original city jail, and a historic cottage that sat on the City Pier but fell into the Bay.


CVHS (Cortez Village Historical Society)
Contact: Cortezculturalcenter@gmail.com
P.O. Box 663, Cortez, FL 34215
The Cortez Village Historical Society collects, preserves and shares knowledge and information about the heritage of Cortez. Stop in the FMM store to pick up one of their books on the history of Cortez, or a village walking tour to guide you through the historic homes.


Cortez Village Cultural Center (CVHS)
Contact: Kaye Bell (941) 757-9760
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Located across the small bridge at the back of the parking lot of the Florida Maritime Museum.
The aim of the Cortez Village Cultural Center is to preserve the historic records and photos of the historic fishing village of Cortez, Florida. For more information about the families that settled Cortez, visit the Cortez Village Cultural Center in conjuncture with your visit to the Florida Maritime Museum.


F.I.S.H. (Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage)
Contact: (941) 254-4972
P.O. Box 606, Cortez, FL 34215
F.I.S.H. is a grassroots organization dedicated to the promotion, education and preservation of Cortez and Florida’s commercial fishing and other traditional maritime cultures, including the environment upon which these communities depend.  The F.I.S.H. Boatworks program on the northern edge of the preserve, welcomes volunteers who have a desire to learn about the art of traditional boat building through hands on experiences. Contact Rick Stewart at (941) 580-1036 for more information.


Manatee Village Historical Park
1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64), Bradenton, FL 34208
Step back in time at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Visit the collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity.



Manatee County Agricultural Museum
1015 6th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221
Agriculture has always been part of Manatee County’s history as well as a stable force and a major contributor to the County’s economy. At the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, exhibits focus on the county’s primary commodities including livestock, vegetables, citrus, horticulture, and commercial fishing. The museum features displays of tools, equipment, photographs and exhibits that reflect the area’s rich heritage.

Palmetto Historical Park
Contact: (941) 723-4991
515 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221
The Palmetto Historical Park offers children of all ages the opportunity to learn about the history of Palmetto and the area on the north side of the Manatee River. While touring the park, visitors can check for mail at the 1880 Post Office, write on slates in the Schoolhouse, and try on pioneer clothing in the cottage. The Chapel, Military Museum and 1914 Carnegie Library add to visitors’ experience. Contact Tori Edwards for more information.