Historical Sites

Historical Sites in Jacksonville

Historical places to go in Jacksonville

A booming, vibrant city on Florida's Atlantic Coast, Jacksonville is the center of a region that is extremely rich in history and historic sites.

Numerous other historic sites can be found in Jacksonville, which has emerged as one of Florida's largest and most progressive cities. The nation's oldest city - St. Augustine, Florida - is only a half hour south and Jacksonville also serves as a gateway the islands of Florida's northeastern coast.

Camp Milton Historic Preserve

In 1864, Camp Milton was considered the largest encampment of Confederate forces in Florida with over 8,000 troops. The site of several encounters between Confederate and Union armies, the camp finally fell to occupation by the Union army in the summer of 1864. It is named after Florida's Governor during the Civil War, John Milton. Today, Camp Milton has been developed as a midpoint trailhead for the Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail. It is also part of the Timucuan Trail Partnership, and Preservation Project Jacksonville.

Amelia Island Plantation
  • Amelia Island Plantation
  • Address: 6800 First Coast Hwy.
    Amelia Island, FL 32034
  • Phone: (904)261-6161 Reservations: (904) 888.261.6161
  • Website: www.aipfl.com

Welcome to the only official site for the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation. As Florida's natural island destination, the beauty of Amelia Island Plantation can be seen in the ocean-topping sunrises and spectacular sunsets over green salt marshes. Our 1,350-acre Florida beach resort offers superior villa accommodations, fun family resort activities, functional and flexible meeting facilities and Florida’s most beautiful natural surroundings.

Amelia River Cruises & Charters
  • Amelia River Cruises & Charters
  • Address: 1 North Front Street,
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
  • Phone: (877)264-9972 / (904)261-9972
  • Email: info@ameliarivercruises.com
  • Website: www.ameliarivercruises.com

Come aboard for an inspiring cruise experience that takes you along salt marshes, wilderness beaches, and historic river banks. Dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, egrets, herons, spoonbills, and osprey meld with shrimp boats, luxury yachts, and even a Civil War era fort along the way - all professionally narrated by local history and nature experts.

Ancient City Tours
  • Ancient City Tours
  • Address: 3 Aviles Street, St Augustine,
    FL 32084-4404
  • Phone: (904)827-0807 / (800)597-7177
  • Email: ancientcitytours@bellsouth.net
  • Website: www.ancientcitytours.net

Whether you visit St. Augustine for hours or days Ancient City Tours is the locally owned receptive tour operator that will take care of your needs. Headquartered in the Love Tree Cottage, Ancient City Tours services tour groups of all types as well as individual visitors to the Nation’s Oldest City. Looking for history, romance, ghosts or just plain fun?

Castillo de San Marcos
  • Castillo de San Marcos
  • Address: Castillo de San Marcos NM 1 South Castillo Drive
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Phone: (904)829-6506
  • Email:
  • Website: www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm

A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history.

Flagler's Legacy tours

Flagler College to offer free tours for St. Johns County residents.
Beginning July 1, 2012, Legacy Tours of Flagler College will free tours of the college to all St. Johns County Residents with valid ID to help celebrate the upcoming 125th anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon.

Fort Carolina
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial
  • Address: 12713 Fort Caroline Road
    Jacksonville, Florida 32225
  • Phone: (904) 641-7155
  • More info: www.nationalparks.org

Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. Fort Caroline was the first French colony in the present-day United States. Established in what is now Jacksonville, Florida, on June 22, 1564, under the leadership of René Goulaine de Laudonnicre, it was intended as a refuge for the Huguenots.

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Fort Clinch State Park

A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars.

Fort Mose

Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say).

Kingsley Plantation

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many people came to Florida. Some, like Zephaniah Kingsley, sought to make their fortunes by obtaining land and establishing plantations. Others were forced to come to Florida to work on those plantations, their labor providing wealth to the people who owned them. Some of the enslaved would later become free landowners, struggling to keep their footing in a dangerous time of shifting alliances and politics. All of these people played a part in the history of Kingsley Plantation.

Mandarin Museum & Historical Society

Ancient Live Oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Tannin-colored waters of the St. Johns River lapping the trunks of cypress trees along the shore. Timucuans and English and Spanish explorers came by canoe, on foot and by horseback. Civil War soldiers, farmers, citrus growers and their families traveled by boat and by steamship. Today, children jump off the school bus, run along the riverfront boardwalk and race up the path to explore the 1875 homestead.

 Mission of Nombre de Dios

The Mission of Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, in 1565. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was here that Menendez knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition. It was on these grounds that Fr. Lopez would celebrate the first parish Mass and begin the work at America’s first Mission. It was at this sacred spot that the Spanish settlers would begin the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche that continues into the present.

Old Florida Museum

Come explore Fort Menendez, meet some colorful characters from early Spanish St. Augustine and the Timucuan village of Seloy, and have lots of fun along the way! Join other adventurers on an interactive trip through time. Earn gold, buy, trade items, and wager with villagers and adventurers alike! This is NOT your average museum.

Oldest House Museum

A must-see on your tour of the nation's oldest city. The museum complex, owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, includes Florida's Oldest House, two museums, a changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a museum store. Your admission ticket gives entry to all facilities.

Oldest Wooden School House

Located near the City Gates, The Old School House is a surviving expression of another time. Built over 200 years ago, while Florida was under the rule of Imperial Spain, it was constructed of red cedar and cypress and put together with wooden pegs and handmade nails.

Old Towne Carriage Company

Amelia Island is the home of the historic City of Fernandina Beach. All of our tours include a guide who describes the landmarks and the history of the area.

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine

The nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, beckons visitors to discover its charming cobblestone streets, historical landmarks and pristine beaches. Friendly locals, sunny days and lovely places to dine, play and become enlightened, welcome guests year-round. For over 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has brought the best of the city to life through Transportainment, our unique blend of transportation and entertainment. Climb aboard to experience the humorous tales and interesting trivia of our friendly conductors, as they bring 500 years of American history to life.

Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth

The Cradle of the United States is right here. Experience 500 years of history at the 1565 Birthplace of St. Augustine, Florida and Colonial European America.