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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Bagdad Village Museum & Complex

Housed in the restored c.1886 New Providence Missionary Baptist Church building, the Bagdad Village Preservation Association Museum contains exhibits on local history including a Civil... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Santa Rosa

City: Bagdad

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Brown Home

The oldest black residence in Bartow, this Victorian style building was built in the late 1800s by Lawrence Bernard Brown, a self-taught master carpenter. Brown invested in property... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Bartow

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Polk County Historical Museum

The Museum presents the history of Polk County and Central Florida through exhibits on pioneers, military, industry, community and the environment as well as a general store, changing... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Bartow

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RealRail

Railroad Museum preserving the railroad legacy of West Central Coast of Florida

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Bradenton

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The Burroughs Home and Gardens

Walk among live oaks and lush gardens, relax in a rocking chair on the verandah as you watch the river roll gently by....but, first, join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Fort Myers

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Homeland Heritage Park

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Homeland

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Putnam Historic Museum

The Putnam County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich historical heritage of Palatka in Putnam County, Florida. Operated out of the historic Bronson-Mulholland... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Putnam

City: Palatka

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Palmetto Historical Park

The Palmetto Historical Park offers children of all ages the opportunity to learn about the history of Palmetto and the area on the north side of the Manatee River. While touring the... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Palmetto

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Hotel Ponce de León/ Flagler College

Legacy Tours of Flagler College highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de León, listed as a National Historic Landmark. Built by millionaire developer Henry... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Segui-Kirby Smith House

Constructed in the late 1700s by Bernardo Segui, this was the childhood home of Edmund Kirby Smith, a West Point graduate and the last Confederate general to surrender his command,... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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