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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Florida Agricultural Museum

The Florida Agricultural Museum preserves heritage livestock breeds of Iberian descent. We own herds of Florida Cracker Horses and Cattle, both of which are among the rarest livestock... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Flagler

City: Palm Coast

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Mala Compra

Four miles south of Marineland is the site of an archaeological project to excavate and preserve the remains of Mala Compra, the 19th century plantation belonging to the nation's first... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Flagler

City: Palm Coast

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Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site

Designated as Florida’s first archaeological monument in 1949, the Madira Bickel temple and burial mound complex reflect native occupations from about 1,700 to 800 years ago. A trail... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Palmetto

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Portavant Temple Mound at Emerson Point Park

The Portavant Temple Mound is the largest Native American mound in the Tampa Bay Area and overlooks the Manatee River. Emerson Point Park has witnessed extensive human use for over... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Palmetto

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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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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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St. Michael's Cemetery

St. Michael's Cemetery was developed on the distant outskirts of the Spanish colonial city of Pensacola. Formally surveyed by the Spanish in 1807, St. Michael’s Cemetery may have... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center at Pineland

This trail leads visitors through the mounds, canals, and other features of the archaeological site at Pineland. Drawing on Spanish accounts and archaeological remains, the Calusa Heritage... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Pine Island

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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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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Discover The Nation's Oldest Port at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate. In the 16th century the Spanish erected a "centinella" on Anatasia... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Augustine

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