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 Fernandina / Old Town Fernandina

Old Town Fernandina was laid out by the Spanish in 1811, and was the last town in the Western Hemisphere to be platted by the Laws of the Indies, developed by the Spanish government... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Nassau

City: Fernandina Beach

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Williams House

Confederate President Jefferson Davis was a friend of the Williams family and was a guest in this c.1856 house. It is reported that some of his personal effects were stored in the Williams... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Nassau

City: Fernandina Beach

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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society's Fort Lauderdale History Center offers insight into local pioneer history through permanent and temporary exhibits, research archives, original 1900s... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Fort Lauderdale

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Stranahan House

The STRANAHAN HOUSE was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first school teacher. It... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Meade Historical Museum

Located in the restored c.1885 Old Fort Meade School House, this museum features an extensive collection of area artifacts. During the Civil War, Fort Meade was an important Confederate... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Fort Meade

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Williams Academy Black History Museum

The first Williams Academy, built in 1913, was a two-story building located between Anderson Avenue and Lemon Street. It was the site of the first government-funded, black school in... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Fort Myers

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Mound House: Historic and Archaeological Site

The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach sits on the crest of a Calusa shell mound overlooking Estero Bay. Walk inside the mound to view an underground archaeological exhibit... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Fort Myers Beach

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Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail

The Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library is named for Zora Neale Husrton is the African American author, storyteller, folklorist and anthropologist who grew up in Eatonville, and spent... Read More

Region: Central

County: St. Lucie

City: Fort Pierce

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Haile House at Kanapaha Plantation

South Carolina’s Thomas and Serena Haile moved to Florida in the 1850s. Members of the Haile-Chestnut clan purchased land in the Kanapaha area of Alachua County. The 1860 census indicates... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Gainesville

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The Old Cotton Club

Located in Gainesville’s Springhill neighborhood, the large wood-frame building was first constructed in 1940-41 as the Post Exchange at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. At the end... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Gainesville

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