BRADENTON, Fla. (FOX 13) - Step into the Manatee Burying Grounds and you'll be transported back to 1850.
"We have some of the first settlers buried here. We have members of the Secession Committee. We also have 14 Civil War soldiers, 11 Confederate soldiers, and three Union soldiers," Curator of the Manatee Village Historical Park Bridget Donahue-Farrell said.
Some of the most important people in Manatee County's history are buried in the area's first cemetery.
Each tombstone holds a story. There are 92 known burials, but others have been erased from history by weather and time.
"There are a lot of empty spaces where headstones used to be, wooden headstones which have deteriorated or headstones which were never marked," said Donahue-Farrell.
She hopes to find those who have been forgotten.
"It will really help us learn about the history of the community," she said.
A grant allowed the Historical Park to work with SurvTech Solutions. They hope to uncover those mysteries.
Going inch by inch with a ground penetrating radar, they're scanning the grounds to find unmarked graves.
"They actually came out here and were probing the areas, putting a metal stake in the ground to see if they could find any voids or any changes in the sediment and the soil. That may denote where a burial had been," said Donahue-Farrell.
With the findings, the Historical Park plans on researching and creating an interactive map for visitors about those buried here, so that every story gets told.
"It transports you to a different place in time and really immerses you in the history of the community," said Donahue-Farrell.