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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Florida Carriage Museum at the Grand Oaks

The Florida Carriage Museum is home to one of the world’s largest private collections of carriages and equine artifacts.

Step back in time and enjoy the elegance and pageantry of over... Read More

Region: Central

County: Marion

City: Weirsdale

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Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County's offices are located inside the restored 1916 Courthouse in Downtown West Palm Beach at 300 North Dixie Highway. The Richard and Pat Johnson... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: West Palm Beach

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Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse has stood on the cape for over 150 years, having been constructed and first lighted in 1848.  The lighthouse was designed to be 151 feet tall. Its... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Cape Canaveral

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Cape St. George Lighthouse

The Cape St. George Lighthouse first stood at the southern-most tip of “Little” St. George Island in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is 8 miles offshore of Apalachicola in the Florida... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: St. George Island

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Cape San Blas Lighthouse

In 1847 Congress appropriated $8,000 for a lighthouse. Two years later a conical brick tower was completed. The signal from the 85-foot high structure could be seen for 10 miles offshore.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Gulf

City: Port St. Joe

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Crooked River Lighthouse

For 116 years the Crooked River Lighthouse has stood as a beacon, guiding timber ships as well as local fishermen and oystermen through the treacherous pass between Dog and St.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Carrabelle

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Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

Constructed in 1907, the lighthouse was illuminated with one vaporized kerosene lamp “I.O.V.”system. In 1932, this was replaced with a 250W bulb and by 1972 was fully automated. ... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Pompano Beach

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Hernando de Soto Winter Encampment Site at the Governor John Martin House

The 1539-1540 Hernando de Soto winter encampment site in Tallahassee at the Governor John Martin House is the first archaeologically confirmed location of the historical expedition... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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St. Marks Lighthouse

Constructed in 1842 to replace an earlier 1831 structure which was threatened by erosion, the St. Marks Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the St. Marks River on Apalachee Bay. After... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Camp Helen State Park

Camp Helen is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City Beach

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