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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John G. Riley House

The John G. Riley house represents the thriving black neighborhood that once existed in what is now the downtown area of Tallahassee. John Gilmore Riley was a black educator and civic... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Knott House Museum

Built in 1843, most likely by free black builder George Proctor, the Knott House served as temporary Union Headquarters in 1865, where Brigadier General Edward McCook announced the... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Hernando Historical Museum Association

 Come visit the beautiful Hernando Heritage Museum and see the 11,000 plus artifacts on display here at the Historic May Stringer home, built in 1856 and listed on the National... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hernando

City: Brooksville

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Old Island Hotel

This building was constructed just prior to the Civil War in c.1859-1860 as the Parsons and Hale General Store. During the Civil War, one of the store owners, Captain John Parsons who... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Levy

City: Cedar Key

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Historic Smallwood Store

On the western edge of the Everglades and deep in the heart of the 10,000 Islands, Chokoloskee Island has been called one of Florida's last frontiers. Here at Historic Smallwood Store... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Chokoloskee

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Fort Christmas Museum

On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named. Fort Christmas was only one of over... Read More

Region: Central

County: Orange

City: Christmas

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Pinellas County African American History Museum

Headquartered in the former Curtis Elementary School, the museum serves as a research center for the study of African American culture and life and as lead sponsor of the Florida African... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: Clearwater

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The Townsend House

This building is the home of Clermont’s first black residents, James and Sally Townsend. The Townshend’s founded the St. Marks African Methodist Episcopal Church and established... Read More

Region: Central

County: Lake

City: Clermont

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The Florida Historical Society

Founded in 1856 in St. Augustine, the primary mission of the Florida Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and publish materials relating to the history of Florida and its peoples.... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Cocoa

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Coral Gables Merrick House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Coral Gables Merrick House was home to the Reverend Soloman G. Merrick, Althea Fink Merrick, and their six children. Existing today... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Coral Gables

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