Historic and Archaeological Sites

The Colonial record for Florida began when Juan Ponce de León landed in Florida in 1513. Since that time, Florida’s rich and diverse cultural and historic landscape has become unlike anywhere else in the world.  From living history experiences with re-enacted Colonial life, such as Pensacola's historic village and museum or Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, to seeing the best of northwest Florida’s history and prehistory at the Fort Walton Temple Mound and Museum in Fort Walton Beach, there are so many opportunities today to experience northwest Florida’s storied past firsthand.

History can be found throughout Florida from coast to coast and every place in between. All you must do to find it is explore

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John G. Riley House

The John G. Riley house represents the thriving black neighborhood that once existed in what is now the downtown area of Tallahassee. John Gilmore Riley was a black educator and civic... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Julee Cottage Museum

This simple, wood-frame building, built around 1804, is Pensacola’s only surviving “to the sidewalk” construction. It belonged to Julee Patton, a free woman of color, who purchased... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum

In the spring of 1861, Confederate authorities dismantled and removed the first-order Fresnel lens from the 1859 Pensacola Lighthouse. During the Union bombardment of Pensacola in November... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Presidio Santa Mariá de Galve

Spain established Presidio Santa María de Galve on a high bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay in 1698 to ward off French encroachment into Florida from Mobile to the west. The Presidio... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Wakulla History Museum & Archives

Operated by the Wakulla County Historical Society, the museum and archives are located in the 1949 Old Wakulla County Jail building. The museum contains an exhibit on Roderick Donald... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Crawfordville

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Crooked River Lighthouse

For 116 years the Crooked River Lighthouse has stood as a beacon, guiding timber ships as well as local fishermen and oystermen through the treacherous pass between Dog and St.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Carrabelle

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Cape St. George Lighthouse

The Cape St. George Lighthouse first stood at the southern-most tip of “Little” St. George Island in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is 8 miles offshore of Apalachicola in the Florida... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: St. George Island

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Black Archives at the Union Bank Building

Completed in 1841, the Union Bank is Florida's oldest surviving bank building. Chartered in 1833 as a planter's bank from which plantation owners could borrow against their land and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center

The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center consists of the Indian Temple Mound Museum, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, the Garnier Post Office Museum, and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Okaloosa

City: Fort Walton Beach

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Davis-West House, Chipola Historical Trust Museum

Constructed in c.1840 for local merchant John Davis, it became the home of Dr. Theophilus West upon his marriage to Davis’ widowed daughter in March 1861. In May 1861, Dr. West enlisted... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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