Born in 1845 in South Carolina, Peter Stuart Harllee returned home after serving in the Civil War and then briefly moved to Texas. In 1872, he moved to Manatee County. His older brother, John Wardell Harllee, was well-established here as a mercantile store proprietor,...

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 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...

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...

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