August 20, 2020

Since the 1800s, county fairs have been held throughout the United States as a way to showcase the best of the community’s agricultural and domestic products. It is also an annual celebration for the community to come together, share, and learn.  The Manatee County Fai...

In the late 1950s, a group of African-American farmers banded together, against adversity, to create an owned and operated packinghouse known as the Mana-Hill Co-op. With the help of Emmett McCray, one of the most influential agriculturalists in Manatee County, the Man...

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,...

We remember iconic logos and jingles from brands over the years. When you see a red bulls eye you immediately think of Target, or the infamous mouse ears immediately make you think of Disney. Jingles are similar. The “It’s the real thing” campaign from Coca Cola came o...

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...

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1015 6th Street West

Palmetto, FL 34221

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