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Manatee Village Historical Park

Cemetery Tours (March 2021)

The 1850 Manatee Burying Ground is the oldest public cemetery in Manatee County. It was the first burying ground for the Village of Manatee, the first established community between Tampa and Key West dating to 1842. The Burying Ground was in use from 1850-1892 with a few family burials occurring up until the 1960s.

Schedule your daytime tour in advance and visit the Burying Ground with a member of staff. Appropriate clothing and footwear is encouraged. Tours take place outside with natural elements and will include long periods of standing and walking, uneven ground, and exposure to sunlight and rain. At staff discretion, tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather. These tours will be available only on select days: March 1 - March 5 and March 15 - March 19.

Tours will be approximately 20 minutes in duration and will take place at 9:30am and 10:30am on these dates.

*When you arrive, please proceed to the Wiggins Store (brick building) and you will be directed toward the cemetery when it is time.*

Space is limited. There will be four (4) slots per tour and must be scheduled in advance. Please reserve for all those attending in your group, including children and infants. Groups larger than four (4) cannot be accomodated at this time. Tours are FREE but reservations are required. 

Tour content varies by staff member:

Mondays – March 1, 15
Passing Ways” with Allyson
How did people meet their demise? Allyson shares how some people in the Village of Manatee passed on. 

Tuesdays, Thursdays – March 2, 4, 16, 18
Wealth & Misfortune” with Krystin
Do you need a story with a side of gold and a little misfortune? Krystin shares some of the more surprising stories of the Village of Manatee. 

Wednesdays – March 3, 17
Veteran Virtues” with Jeff
What military members rest in the cemetery? Jeff shares information about military personnel related to the Village of Manatee. 

Fridays – March 5, 19
Dignified After Death” with Rachel
What do we know about life from a gravesite? Rachel shares how life in the Village of Manatee is reflected in death and burial. 

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EST) Available Slot
03/01/2021 (Mon.) Allyson (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Donna Sears (2)
Barbara Thomson
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
All slots filled
Ken Millis
Lin Oakerson (2)
Kristy Zinna
03/02/2021 (Tue.) Krystin (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
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Barbara Thomson
Carol McMahon
Joanne Pyrbsh
Peggy Donoho
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
All slots filled
Veronica Bayles (2)
Penny Sicard
Lana Fisher
03/03/2021 (Wed.) Jeff (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Barbara Thomson
Andrea Knies
Joe Desrosier
Thank You
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Michele Swartz (2)
03/04/2021 (Thu.) Krystin (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
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Barbara Thomson
Pat Jackson
Shirley Krill
Darwin Krill
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Tacita Bowen (2)
Robin Schoch
03/05/2021 (Fri.) Rachel (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Barbara Thomson
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Terrie Koeppe (3)
03/15/2021 (Mon.) Allyson (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Joe Desrosier (2)
Thank You
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Judy Drinan
Looking Forward to it!!
03/16/2021 (Tue.) Krystin (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Laurel Baalson
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Jamie Linnane
Tami Sharpin (2)
03/17/2021 (Wed.) Jeff (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
03/18/2021 (Thu.) Krystin (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Peg Frees (3)
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Michele Swartz
Nancy Menard (2)
Pete and Nancy Menard
03/19/2021 (Fri.) Rachel (Tour Guide)  9:30am - 9:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Joe Desrosier
Thank You
10:30am - 10:50am  

Cemetery Tour (Daytime) (4)

 
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