“The History of Manatee Flows from this Spring” interpretive walkway public dedication and Pioneer Picnic at Manatee Mineral Spring
Sponsored by Reflections of Manatee
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Manatee Mineral Spring
1312 2nd Ave East
Bradenton, FL 34208
United States


Reflections of Manatee invites you to celebrate the unveiling of “The History of Manatee Flows from this Spring”, a new interpretive pathway that honors all the groups of people who have used the Manatee Mineral Spring over the centuries. The new pathway wends its way around the Manatee Mineral Spring site and the signs explore different facets of the area’s history, including Native Americans, the maroons of Angola, Early Pioneers, The Third Seminole War, The Civil War, and much more. The non-profit Reflections of Manatee developed the interpretive signs in consultation with area scholars and community descendants, with funding from the Florida Humanities Council. 

Local organizations, scholars, professional re-enactors, and community and New College student volunteers will be on hand to celebrate the history and archaeology of Florida’s past peoples. New College Professor Uzi Baram and University of Central Florida Professor Rosalyn Howard will be on hand to announce new insights into Angola, the early 19th century maroon (escape slave) community.

Reflections of Manatee will be serving a picnic that celebrates the foods of Manatee’s early pioneers including smoked mullet and turkey, homemade cornbread, fruit cobbler, and much more. Recommendation donation for the lunch is $5.00.

  • 11:30am: Official dedication of the walkway, with brief remarks
  • The twelve interpretive signs will be “hosted” by volunteers who can share more information and answer questions. Re-enactors of a Spanish official and a Black Seminole will bring the past to life.
  • 12:00pm: Pioneer Picnic
  • Activities include traditional games and skills for both adults and children including coins in the haystack, frying pan toss, and atlatl throwing. 
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Sherry Svekis


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