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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Presidio Santa Mariá de Galve

Spain established Presidio Santa María de Galve on a high bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay in 1698 to ward off French encroachment into Florida from Mobile to the west. The Presidio... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Glover School

Seven miles south of Plant City, the Bealsville area was settled in 1865 by freed slaves who built their homes of logs from the trees cleared for future farmland. Bryant Horton and... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hillsborough

City: Plant City

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Punta Gorda Railroad Depot & Museum

The Atlantic Coast Line Depot, built in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style, was the southernmost station in the U.S. when it opened in the late 1920s. Segregated bathrooms... Read More

Region: South

County: Charlotte

City: Punta Gorda

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The Blanchard House Museum of African American History & Culture of Charlotte County

This 1925 house was originally built for Joseph Blanchard, a black sea captain and key member of early Punta Gorda’s business community, and Minnie, his mail-order bride. Upon the... Read More

Region: South

County: Charlotte

City: Punta Gorda

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A.K. Allison House

Constructed in 1843, this house was the residence of Abraham K. Allison, the Florida Senate President who became acting governor on April 1, 1865, after Governor John Milton committed... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Gadsden

City: Quincy

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Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

Talk with craftsmen, soldiers, housewives and merchants as they go about their business in this 18th Century Colonial Spanish Town. Call (904)825-6830 for more information.

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Augustine

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Lightner Museum

Relics of America's Gilded Age are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts give you a glimpse into... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Augustine

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St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

The Shrine is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768 and consists of exhibits depicting the life of early Greeks in America and the development of... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Augustine

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Woman's Exchange at the Historic Pena-Peck House Museum

Tour the graceful frame and coquina house, a block north of the city's Plaza de la Constitucion, and step into history. Hear stories of its Spanish and British occupants as well as... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Augustine

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Arrivas House

Constructed in c.1740, this house was the residence of Paul Arnau, the St. Augustine Collector of Customs and Superintendent of Lighthouses. In January 1861, Confederate authorities... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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