Experience Florida’s living history: 32 can’t miss spots where the past is present

Dudley Farm Historic State Park.

Erica Brough
Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 2:17 p.m.

With pirates and presidents, ghosts and gunslingers, mermaids and marine biologists, novelists and Native Americans, Florida’s history is full of characters who keep it far from ordinary.

Whether you want to learn more about the state’s cultural heritage, explore the wildness of its frontier, or experience life as it was in another century, these historical sites, landmarks and museums will bring Florida’s tales to life.

“Our historical sites are part of our cultural fabric, defining who we are today as individuals or a community, providing a cultural foundation for the future,” says Ludovica Weaver, of the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.

History isn’t just reserved for certain spots and locations — it is truly all around us, if we just know where to look. And the best part of all is this history is truly living — ready to be seen, touched and experienced as you take your own place in the parade of time.

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