There’s a new kid in town north of the Manatee River. Feld Entertainment headquarters at 2001 US Highway 301 in Palmetto produces live entertainment experiences, such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, and several others. The property is...

November 1, 2017

When the calendar page turns to autumn each year, home cooks’ thoughts often turn to birds – turkey, goose, Cornish hen – and even quail. Quail were once a Manatee County commodity, born and raised here for both home use and supplied to game preserves.

 Ben Richardson h...

October 25, 2017

There is a strong force of habit or perhaps a sixth sense that the cows on a dairy farm possess…or maybe it is simply the discomfort of a full udder. But if you have ever visited a dairy farm, it is so interesting to see the “girls” moving toward the milking parlor at...

October 18, 2017

Around 1862 a cow hunter by the name of Morgan Mizell and his wife, Mary Fletcher Tucker, moved from Hernando County to a little-populated area in Manatee County called Horse Creek. A year later in 1863, Morgan Bonaparte Mizell – affectionately known as Bone to his ele...

At midnight on January 17, 1920 the United States of America officially went dry. A long protracted battle had been fought by groups across America to bring this “great experiment” to fruition. The National Prohibition Act, informally known as the Volstead Act, was ena...

Photo from Manatee County Historical Society (MCHS), taken by Harold R. Smith during WWII; several women “put up” produce in the Palmetto Defense Kitchen in the Palmetto Armory, doing their part to help the war effort.

During World War II, folks were encouraged to plant...

November 15, 2016

When tourists began flocking to the Sunshine State in the 1950s and 1960s they were greeted with a very different Florida. I-75 didn’t exist, Disney World didn’t open until 1971, and citrus reigned supreme throughout the middle of the state. Citrus groves set up shop w...

As the curator of the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, my job is not only to take care of the artifacts, but to tell the stories behind them. Great “stuff” becomes even more significant when there is a story behind it. Recently, I learned the story of one of my favo...

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