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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Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Sited on the east bank of the Apalachicola River on Prospect Bluff, the known military use of this location dates back to the 1814 construction of a British post. After the British... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Sumatra

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Fort Barrancas

One of three forts designed to protect the United States Navy Yard, Fort Barrancas was completed in 1844 on a bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay. Defenses included two other major separate... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Florida Historic Capitol

Since 1845, the Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government. Restored to its 1902 appearance, the Historic Capitol stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Goodwood Museum and Gardens

The Goodwood estate was assembled in the 1830s by Hardy Croom of North Carolina. Plans for a full-time Florida residence were dashed when he, his wife and three children perished in... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Hernando de Soto Winter Encampment Site at the Governor John Martin House

The 1539-1540 Hernando de Soto winter encampment site in Tallahassee at the Governor John Martin House is the first archaeologically confirmed location of the historical expedition... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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John Gorrie State Museum

A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800s when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in Florida. Gorrie served as postmaster, city... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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Historic Pensacola Village: T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

Located in the restored 1908 Old City Hall building, the Wentworth Museum contains exhibits on local history including “The Coming of Civil War” exhibit on the first floor and a... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

The Lake Jackson Mounds Site encompasses six earthen temple mounds and one possible burial mound. Artifacts recovered during excavations show that the site is part of a larger southeastern... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Knott House Museum

Built in 1843, most likely by free black builder George Proctor, the Knott House served as temporary Union Headquarters in 1865, where Brigadier General Edward McCook announced the... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts

Presenting artistic experiences for residents of North Florida in this historic building. The building was constructed in 1854, this house was moved southward on logs in 1903 to its... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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