PRESERVING HISTORY & IMPROVING OUR COMMUNITY

Reflections of Manatee (Reflections) is a museum situated at the Curry Houses Historic District in Bradenton, Florida. Our mission is to inspire people to gain knowledge from the past to build a better future for our community.

A VISIT TO OUR SITE INCLUDES:

• The Samuel G. and Amanda Curry House (circa 1860): a historic house museum with furnishings from the 1800s.

• The Mary Amelia Curry House (circa 1860): an exhibit center. The Manatee Room currently hosts an exhibit about the early settlement, including artifacts found during archaeological investigations. The "Archaeology of Freedom” exhibit highlights the excavations for Angola including a 3D model of the excavation’s stratigraphy.

• The Theodosia Curry House (1925): Our Visitors Center also houses the exhibit "Freedom Seekers at the Manatee", which tells the dramatic story of the maroon community of Angola and Florida's Underground Railroad.

Manatee Mineral Springs
and Reflections of Manatee
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DISCOVERING THE SUNCOAST
WITH MIKE MODRICK 

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS 1997 - 2017

 
  • Purchased the Manatee Mineral Spring and surrounding parkland and protected them from development.
  • Registered the Manatee Mineral Spring as a Florida Natural Spring by the Department of Environmental Protection Agency, 2006.
  • Listed the Black Bead-Cats Claw Tree, situated within the Manatee Mineral Spring Park, as a National Champion Native Tree, under the National Register of Big Trees, 2008.
  • Signed agreement with City of Bradenton to protect the Manatee Mineral Spring and surrounding parkland as a city-owned Historic Park in perpetuity, 2016.
  • Since 2001, Reflections has been designated, by the city of Bradenton, as a certified sponsor of the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program, allowing businesses to achieve state tax benefits with their donations.
  • Purchased three historic Curry homes (1860 - 1925) to save from demolition.
  • Successfully wrote the nomination to create the Curry Houses National Register Historic District, registered in 2015.
  • Restored the Samuel George Curry House (1860), as a Living History Museum.
  • Restored the (Mary) Amelia Curry House (1860), as an exhibit hall and museum office.
  • Restored the Theresa Curry Lloyd House (1925), scheduled for completion 2017 as a Museum education and meeting center.
  • Researched and added more than 40 neighborhood homes to the Florida Master Site File, preserving the knowledge of the architectural heritage of this area.
  • Erected permanent, professional interpretive signs in the Manatee Mineral Spring Park and at the Curry houses that share the stories of the many different peoples who lived, worked, traveled, or explored along this stretch of the Manatee River: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, maroons, and pioneers.
  • Provided on-site programming to over 1,700 students in field trips that introduced Manatee settlement history and archaeological concepts.
  • Gave 266 tours to over 6,000 participants, educating the public about Manatee settlement history.
  • Hosted scholars to deliver public lectures and provide outreach information on local history and archaeology at Pioneer Picnics.
  • Delivered yearly living history demonstrations at Gamble Plantation, Collier County Old Florida Festival, Florida State Fair, and others.
  • Volunteers worked with other non-profits, assisting in their historical interpretation of Florida Settlers.
  • Uzi Baram, New College of Florida, conducted archaeological investigations to determine the various histories of the Manatee Mineral Spring and confirm the Spring use by the maroon community of Angola.
  • Witten Technologies donated a full remote sensing survey of the Manatee Mineral Spring Park and surrounding fields.
  • Volunteers have compiled more than 8,000 genealogies of Manatee County Pioneer families and have made these available to the General Public on Ancestry.com as the Manatee Pioneer Families Tree.

Information about our Visitors Center, the Underground Railroad Exhibit, major excavation projects, and more . . .

 

Helping us through: CARES Act funding was provided to Reflections of Manatee by the Florida Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Manatee County.