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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Cathedral Basilica

The Cathedral Basilica is home to the oldest Catholic parish in the United States, with parish records dating to at least 1596. The oldest structure, the Basilica, was built in 1797,... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Colonial Spanish Quarter

Encompassing a city block, visitors to the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum experience a time when St. Augustine was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. Through its surroundings... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Dummett House (St. Francis Inn)

Owned by Confederate Lieutenant General William J. Hardee, this c.1791 house was the residence of his sister-in-law Anna Dummett, an ardent Confederate supporter, who raised the widowed... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Government House

On March 11, 1862, a small Union landing party under the command of Naval Commander C. R. P. Rogers proceeded to the Government House, the seat of local government constructed in the... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Spanish Military Hospital Museum

The Spanish Military Hospital Museum building is a reconstruction of a military hospital that stood on this site during the Second Spanish Period (1783-1821). The museum showcases military... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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The Oldest Wooden School House in the U.S.

Located near the St. Augustine City Gates, the Old School House was built over 200 years ago while Florida was under the rule of Spain. It was constructed of red cedar and cypress and... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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St. Cloud Heritage Museum

Located in the 1922 Veterans Memorial Library, the museum contains exhibits on the history and founding of this community. St. Cloud’s history is linked closely with the Grand Army... Read More

Region: Central

County: Osceola

City: St. Cloud

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Morean Arts Center

The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. Our classes... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: St. Petersburg

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Royal Theater

The Royal Theater operated from 1948 to 1966 in the African American community in St. Petersburg. During segregation it was one of only two movie theaters serving African Americans... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: St. Petersburg

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Black Archives at the Union Bank Building

Completed in 1841, the Union Bank is Florida's oldest surviving bank building. Chartered in 1833 as a planter's bank from which plantation owners could borrow against their land and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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