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 Mission San Luis, or battles, such as the Dade Massacre, there are so many opportunities today to experience Florida’s storied past first hand.

Historic and archaeological sites and museums are unique Florida experiences where you can visit the past, such as on the site of the oldest school house in St. Augustine or the historic Ybor City Historic District.  Experience the best of Florida’s history and prehistory by visiting the Fort Walton Temple Mound and Museum in Fort Walton Beach or Fort Jefferson west of Key West. 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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Ritz Theater

Located in a traditionally black commercial district in the La Villa neighborhood, this 1929 Art Deco style building housed a cinema, shops and offices. The Ritz and surrounding commercial... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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The Norman Studios

In the 1920s, Richard E. Norman (1891-1960) a white filmmaker and distributor of silent films, produced a number of works using all African American casts and crews. This was during... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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The Old Jail

Now a museum, this 1893 red brick jail building contains the cells where black and white prisoners were once confined on the second floor. The central tower was used for hangings as... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Hamilton

City: Jasper

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Historic and Archaeological Sites

Donkey Milk House, c. 1866 Historic Home

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Fort East Martello Museum

Designed after the nearly impregnable coastal Martello watchtowers in Italy, the Fort East Martello was never completed and never saw hostile action. Its outer bulwark and inner citadel... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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The Oldest House Museum

The Oldest House in South Florida is located at 322 Duval Street in Key West. The house and gardens are free and open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm every day except Sunday and Wednesday.... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Lake Wales Depot Museum and Cultutal Center

Since opening in 1976, the Depot has evolved into a resource center for the collection, conservation, exhibition, and study of materials pertaining to the history of Lake Wales, Florida.... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Lake Wales

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Treasures of Madison County Museum and Madison County Genealogical Library

Located in the restored 1890s W.T. Davis Building, these organizations promote the cultural heritage of Madison County through artifact, photographic, and genealogical collections.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Madison

City: Madison

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Wardlaw-Smith-Goza House

Prominent Madison County citizen, Benjamin F. Wardlaw, began construction of this house in 1860. The home served as a temporary hospital for Confederate and Union wounded following... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Madison

City: Madison

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