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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Letchworth-Love Mound Archaeological State Park

The Letchworth Mounds site includes Florida’s tallest recorded Native American ceremonial mound at 46 feet in height. The people who built the mound are believed to have been members... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jefferson

City: Monticello

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Mission San Luis

Archaeological Site and Living History Museum. Mission San Luis transports visitors to a community where Apalachee Indians and Spaniards were drawn together by religion, military and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

Natural Bridge is the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida and where the St. Marks River drops into a sinkhole and flows underground for one-quarter of a mile before... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Woodville

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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Located at the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers, Native Americans used the site of Fort San Marcos de Apalache for thousands of years. The fort was built by the Spanish... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Velda Mound

Built by Apalachees around 500 years ago, Velda mound was likely the foundation platform for the leader’s house. An interpretive panel at the site explains the site’s origins.

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee,

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Arcadia Mill Site

Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex, the Arcadia Mill was the site of a water-powered business that included a sawmill, lumber mill, gristmill, shingle mill, cotton textile... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Santa Rosa

City: Milton

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Cape San Blas Lighthouse

In 1847 Congress appropriated $8,000 for a lighthouse. Two years later a conical brick tower was completed. The signal from the 85-foot high structure could be seen for 10 miles offshore.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Gulf

City: Port St. Joe

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Fort Pickens

Constructed on the western edge of Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts designed to defend Pensacola after the War of 1812.  The fort was begun in 1829,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer and birds. Daily guided... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Wakulla Springs

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Torreya State Park/Gregory House

High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya one of Florida's most scenic places. The park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Liberty

City: Bristol, FL

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