October 19th – Three Events in One

10AM National Register Historical Marker Unveiling

Join us on Saturday, October 19 on 4th Avenue in front of the two story Samuel and Amanda Curry Museum, for a special historical marker unveiling. 

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 Angola.

Please join us for this dedication of history!

11AM Potluck Picnic and Sugar Boil

After the sign unveiling, we’ll meet in the field off 2nd Avenue behind our visitor center for a picnic.

While enjoying our lunch we will be boiling sugarcane juice into syrup. You’ll be able to watch its process while visiting.
Volunteers will be on hand cooking biscuits over the open fire. Dressed in period clothing, they take you back in time.  

We’ll have tables for your dish. Bring a chair and enjoy the fellowship. 

Take home a pint jar for a donation of $10 for syrup or $15 for Molasses.

We will have pieces to chew too, the kids love it.

The Sugarcane Story

On a September day in 1998, boys from Troop 8- Boy Scouts of America, converged to a lot in Bradenton owned by Reflections of Manatee to discuss how an Eagle Scout Project might work to decrease standing water from the lot. Will Williams knew the history of the field; previous owners of his home were the last farmers, Roy and Sam Gates. They had shipped the last crop of celery, sugarcane and strawberries from it in 1904.
His plan determined it would make a good project if they planted sugarcane during the dry season. By the time of the rainy season came the plants would have grown, using excess water. DID IT GROW!
With a tractor to use from John Deere in Palmetto, and help in plowing from Jeff the mailman, the field was ready to plant. The boys ventured to Clewiston, Florida near the Everglades to a farm owned by Allen Hammock. Here they were instructed to plant by laying each stalk in a trough about 10 inches deep. Using large cane knifes they were trained to cut, top, and remove the leaves from each stalk. With a trailer full of the stalks they traveled home and planted one October day. It's been growing ever since.