Fresh water is a source of life for people and for their animals and crops. Over many centuries, people who traveled or hunted or settled along a section of the Manatee River took water from a spring, later named "Manatee Mineral Spring", now located at 14th Street East and 2nd Avenue in Bradenton, Florida, USA. The non-profit Reflections of Manatee, Inc. is hard at work preserving the history of the various people that have called Manatee home.

• mound-building indigenous tribes in a time before the Spanish arrived
• fisherman from Cuba who set up coastal fishing camps
• freedom-seeking African-Americans of the settlement of Angola
• 19th century Seminoles who fought a war of independence
• the first settlement of the town of Manatee
• Civil War era settlers and cattle ranchers
• descendants of Manatee County's early years

REFLECTIONS OF MANATEE is dedicated to the preservation of the Manatee Mineral Spring Historic Site, which includes the site of the Angola settlement, and the Curry Houses Historic District. Our goals include interpreting and sharing the histories of this unique area of Manatee County, Florida. History detectives have tracked down personal diaries and letters, military reports and naval log books, newspaper clippings, maps, and photographs that all reveal parts of the story. Archaeological excavations and management have already been undertaken.




Saturday, March 10, 2018  11:00AM – 2:30PM  4th Avenue East between 14th and 12th Streets East, one block north of SR64 East Bradenton  Join Reflections of Manatee, Board of Directors and volunteers to celebrate the completion of our goal to fully restore the three houses comprising the National Register Curry Houses Historic District. Two houses date from 1860 and one . . .


Monday, March 12, 2018  3:30 – 5:30PM  1312 2nd Avenue East off 14th Street East Bradenton 34208, three blocks north of SR64  Meet volunteers from Reflections of Manatee, Inc. at the Manatee Mineral Spring Historical Site for a leisurely paced stroll and history learning experience.  Come early to read the interpretive signs placed around the park. During the two hour . . .