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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First National Bank Building

Erected in 1902 on the site of an earlier private bank, the historic First National Bank Building was considered one of Florida's finest banking structures of its day. Tradition holds... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church & Cemetery

This beautiful sanctuary is surrounded by one of Florida's most historic cemeteries. The grounds were the scene of heavy fighting during the Battle of Marianna and the church itself... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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Ely-Criglar Mansion

This private home is not open to the public, but can be viewed from the sidewalk. Built in around 1840, it is one of Florida's most beautiful antebellum homes. Parts of the Battle of... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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1840 House

Originally the west wing of the nearby Ely-Criglar Mansion, this home was built in ca. 1840 and survived the Battle of Marianna. It included the bedrooms of the original house. It was... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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Polk County History Center

What was once the Polk County Courthouse now serves as the Polk History Center and houses the historical museum and library.
The museum serves Polk's community through special events,... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Bartow

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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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Manatee Village Historical Park

Under the shade of two hundred year old oak trees, explore historic buildings and travel back in time to experience pioneer life in early Southwest Florida.

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Bradenton

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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

Bulow Creek protects nearly 5,600 acres, more than 1,500 of which are submerged lands. The highlight of Bulow Creek is one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Flagler

City: Bunnell

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Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

The Dade battle ushered in the Second Seminole War in 1835. The park protects the National Historic Landmark battlefield and the natural communities as they existed when the soldiers... Read More

Region: Central

County: Sumter

City: Bushnell

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Cedar Key Museum State Park

This state park contains the relocated 1890s St. Clair Whitman House and a museum building with exhibits featuring historic images and period artifacts on the history of the Cedar Keys... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Levy

City: Cedar Key

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