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  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Women


1302 4TH AVE EBRADENTON, FL 34208 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To inspire people to gain knowledge from he past to build a better future for our community. In furtherance of our mission, Reflections of Manatee: -Preserves the landscape and structurers of the early Manatee Settlement. -Advances research on the maroon community of Angola. -Educates the public about Florida's early history including Florida's indigenous people, freedom seekers, the Underground Railroad, and American pioneers.


-Reflections is dedicated to educating the public about all the peoples who have explored, settled, lived, and worked along this section of the Manatee River. We conduct informational archaeology programs for adults, host field trips for school children, and conduct many demonstrations both onsite and around Florida.
-The Curry Houses Historic District in Bradenton, Florida, features three homes built by or for the extended family of Captain John Curry who purchased 30 acres of land, including a fresh water spring, from Dr. Franklin Branch.
-National Registry of Historic Places: Manatee Mineral Springs Park
- The Theodosia Curry House (1925): Exhibit "Freedom Seekers at the Manatee". 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 Samuel G. and Amanda Curry House (circa 1860): a historic house with furnishings from the 1800s.

Current Projects:
-Craft Club: Sew-What Series: Make a Pioneer Bag and a spinning class
-Living History: Now calling for volunteers for Living History in vintage clothing
-Landscape Install and Clean Up
-Children's pioneer and outdoor education


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