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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Plaza de la Constitucion

The Plaza de la Constitucion is a reminder of the brief time in 1813 that Spain had a constitutional government. In the center of the Plaza is the Monumento de la Constitucion. Many... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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The Oldest House Museum Complex, including The Llambias House Garden

Managed by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the site features the oldest surviving Spanish colonial dwelling in Florida, the National Historic Landmark Gonzalez-Alvarez House.... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Tolomato Cemetery

This cemetery contains the remains of Union veterans and at least 17 Confederate veterans. Also buried here is Florida Catholic Bishop Augustin Verot, known as the “Rebel Bishop”... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Cape St. George Lighthouse

Completed in 1852 to replace the earlier 1848 lighthouse destroyed during a hurricane in 1851, the lighthouse was located at the southern tip of what is now Little St. George Island.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: St. George Island

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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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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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Anderson-Narváez Mound at Jungle Prada Mound Park

Known as the Anderson/Narváez Site after the 600-man Pánfilo de Narváez expedition believed to have landed here in 1528, the public portion of the multi-mound site is nestled in... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: St. Petersburg

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Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park

Camp Blanding was a major U.S. Army training facility during the Second World War. It was originally established as a state-owned training reservation in 1939 for the Florida National... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Bradford

City: Starke

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Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Sited on the east bank of the Apalachicola River on Prospect Bluff, the known military use of this location dates back to the 1814 construction of a British post. After the British... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Sumatra

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Goodwood Museum and Gardens

The Goodwood estate was assembled in the 1830s by Hardy Croom of North Carolina. Plans for a full-time Florida residence were dashed when he, his wife and three children perished in... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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