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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The Raney House Museum

The Raney House Museum is located in Apalachicola, Florida in a Greek-revival mansion built in l838. On display in the Museum are furniture, carpets, paintings, historic documents and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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The Grove

The Grove was built in the 1830s by Richard Keith Call, Florida’s third and fifth territorial governor, and later purchased by LeRoy Collins, Florida’s 33rd governor, and his wife... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Tallahassee- St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

The first railroad chartered by the Florida territorial government in 1831, the Leon Railway Company became the Tallahassee Railroad Company in 1834, and was the first rail line to... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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St. Marks Lighthouse

Constructed in 1842 to replace an earlier 1831 structure which was threatened by erosion, the St. Marks Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the St. Marks River on Apalachee Bay. After... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Camp Helen State Park

Camp Helen is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City Beach

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Orman House Historic State Park

Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, this antebellum home overlooks the Apalachicola River, and was used for both business and social gatherings. Orman was a cotton merchant and businessman... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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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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Constitution Convention Museum State Park

The original settlement in St. Joseph lasted only nine years, but was a boomtown when it was founded in 1835 and competed with Apalachicola as a Gulf Coast trading port. During its... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Gulf

City: Port Saint Joe

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