Drone Video of Archaeological dig

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – After a month of sifting through dirt and digging deep into the grounds at Manatee Mineral Springs Park, historic preservation group Reflections of Manatee, along with local archaeologists, have unearthed the history of Bradenton’s first settlers. The rich history of both Native Americans and Angola Freedom Seekers can be traced back to the park’s grounds as . . .

Bradenton excavation reveals more about Angola lifestyle

‘Layers of history’ give researchers a peek at how Angola settlers lived in Bradenton BY RYAN CALLIHAN | JANUARY 30, 2020 05:00 AM | LINK TO FULL ARTICLE WITH PHOTOS AND VIDEOS A month-long excavation beneath the Manatee Mineral Springs Park is revealing forgotten details about an early 19th century settlement along the Manatee River. For the past few weeks, . . .

Archaeologists look to uncover the area’s history at Manatee Mineral Springs Park

By Michael Moore Jr., Staff Writer-HeraldTribune.com, January 9, 2020 The excavation costs $100,000 and is being paid for by the City of Bradenton ahead of the Bradenton Riverwalk expansion. A historic preservation group and local archaeologists spent Manatee County’s 165th birthday digging into its past. They’ll spend the next few weeks doing the same until Jan. 31, when the excavation . . .

Manatee Mineral Spring Excavation Featured on WFLA News, Tampa

Archaeologists Excavating Manatee Mineral Springs Park Ahead of Bradenton Riverwalk Expansion By: Sarafina Brooks Posted: Jan 6, 2020 BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Sifting through dirt and digging deep into the grounds at Manatee Mineral Springs Park, historic preservation group Reflections of Manatee, along with local archaeologists, are hoping to unearth the history of Bradenton’s first settlers. “Although there is very . . .

Archaeologist set to excavate Manatee Mineral Spring Park before Bradenton Riverwalk expansion

By Marla Spence | November 21, 2019 | ORIGINAL ARTICLE LINK WITH VIDEO BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) -What lurks beneath the surface of manatee mineral springs? Reflections of Manatee, a local museum and preservation group, got the green light from the Bradenton City Council to move forward with their plans to find out. They’re going to bring in an archaeologist to take a closer . . .

New Historical Marker Unveiled

On Saturday, October 19, 2010, in front of the Samuel and Amanda Curry Museum, a special historical marker was unveiled.  Thanks for the financial backing of the Curry family and Manatee County Historical Society this sign has become a reality. One side tells the story of the Curry Houses Historic District and the other side recognizes the Freedom Seekers of . . .

IN THE NEWS: Bradenton park recognized . . .

Bradenton park recognized as a stop on escaped slaves’ ‘underground railroad’ to freedom BY MARK YOUNG MARCH 20, 2019 08:48 AM BRADENTON – Mineral Springs Park is officially part of the National Park Services’ National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom for its historical ties to escaped slaves. Fresh water was life for anybody trying to survive in Bradenton. Mineral Springs is long . . .

Manatee Settlement’s History as a Haven for Escaped Slaves

Angola’s Ashes A Newly Excavated Settlement Highlights Florida’s History as a Haven for Escaped Slaves Called one of the most significant historical sites in Florida and perhaps the U.S. by Florida historian Canter Brown Jr., Angola is a story of struggle, tragedy and, ultimately, survival in the quest for freedom. By Isaac Eger 6/27/2018 | Published in the July 2018 . . .