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The John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum for African American History & Culture, Inc. is a historical and cultural gem that sits at the bottom of a hill in downtown Tallahassee, at the corner of Meridian and Jefferson Streets. The Riley historic home represents the thriving black neighborhood, known as Smokey Hollow, that once existed in what is just east of downtown Tallahassee. It is especially significant when compared to other such historical sites in that it is the last vestige we have of the accomplishments of an entire group of people, the black middle class, which emerged in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The mission and purpose of the John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum for African American History & Culture, Inc. is to discover, archive and illuminate the blended interrelationship of African American, Native American and European history and preserve African American landmarks and legacies throughout the State of Florida as an enduring public resource through tourism and education. Established in 1996, the museum’s programs provide an environment and means to encourage and empower participants to develop an awareness of and gain an appreciation for the educational and social contributions of African Americans to Florida’s history.
Region(s): North Central
Type(s): Historic Home History
Located in Lighthouse Park, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers climbing tours of the national landmark 1860 lighthouse. Visitors can self-guide using our smartphone app in English, French & Spanish. The History Museum (restored WWII building) exhibits Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee and outdoor exhibits include the Oil House & Keepers Workshop Exhibit, Tindall Pioneer Homestead, and Seminole Chickee. Enjoy shopping our nautical Museum gift shop and check online for our adult and children’s programs, sunset & moonrise tours, weddings & proposals, and special events. Waterfront venue is perfect for nature and boat watching and a picnic lunch! Hiking trail and observation tower are located on the north side of Beach Road. Beaches, restaurants, shopping, playground & watersports are located nearby. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 120-acre federally designated, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. It is one of only three ONAs in the United States.
Type(s): Historic Home History Park
Preserved as the family kept it in 1928, this uniquely furnished home of a poet and a politician inspires the telling of many tales of Tallahassee’s past. Come for a different hands-on tour each season.
Region(s): North Central
Type(s): Historic Home History
Established in 1994, the Lake Alfred Historical Society's mission is to provide and protect our city's history and heritage for present and future generations.
Lake Alfred, FL
The Lake Mary Museum exists to promote the history of the city and the surrounding area; efforts to maintain and enhance the museum are accomplished by members of the Lake Mary Historical Society and other volunteers. The museum houses a collection of documents, photographs, artifacts, and material related to the local history, art and legacy.
Lake Mary, FL
Type(s): Art History
Explore a 50-acres of beautiful cultivated gardens with over 40 diverse plant collections from around the world. Located in the heart of the gardens is the Historic Leu House Museum, tours of the home are given Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm.
Type(s): Gardens Historic Home
The Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, built in 1888 by Henry Morrison Flagler. Home to one of the premier collections of fine and decorative 19th-century and early 20th-century art in the country. The five floors display furnishings, paintings, Victorian art glass, cut and blown glass, and natural history specimens.
St. Augustine, FL
County: St. Johns
Type(s): Art Gardens Historic Home History
Lilian Place Heritage Center is 2.5 acres of historic riverfront property which has been preserved for the community. Lilian Place 1884 Museum is open daily (except Tuesday). The 1905 Hotchkiss House is available for rent for weddings and parties and hosts Victorian Tea on the 3rd Tuesday monthly and History Winedown on the 3rd Wednesday monthly.
Daytona Beach, FL
The Manatee Observation and Education Center is a waterfront environmental education and wildlife viewing center located on Florida's east coast in beautiful downtown Fort Pierce. We are a not-for-profit organization operated by four full-time staff members and over 100 volunteers. The Center lies just west of the Atlantic ocean and straddles the nationally recognized Indian River Lagoon, a saltwater estuary, and Moore's Creek, a freshwater tributary. The site is a historical congregating place for Florida manatees as a result of warm water effluent from the long-retired Henry B. King Power Plant. While the plant is no longer there, it continues to be a congregating place for manatees and visitors alike. Come inside the Center to learn about manatees and other wild animals, Florida's diverse habitats, and much more. Explore hands-on exhibits and informational displays that are both fun and educational. Stand along the covered observation walkway or climb the second story observation tower for your chance to see Florida's "Gentle Giants" resting or playing in Moore's Creek. You may also see a variety of other wildlife including the Bottlenose Dolphin, Mullet, Brown Pelicans, and Terns. Stroll through the Center's gardens where red, yellow, and purple flowers abound. We are striving to replace exotic plants with native plants to attract Florida's colorful butterflies. Visit our latest installment - the Florida native butterfly garden - complete with accessible hand-constructed arbors, mosaic benches from local artists, and more along the beautiful Moore’s Creek in Downtown Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce, FL
County: St. Lucie
Preserve Real Places, Tell Real Stories: Manatee Village Historical Park's buildings are furnished to display what life was like in early Florida. Our mission is to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period (1840-1918) through our museum and collection of historical artifacts and buildings.