of Mexico Historical Sites
of the Everglades
11,000 years ago Two groups settled in south Florida:
the Tequestas and the Calusas. These native peoples became known as the people
of the Everglades. They established permanent villages at the mouths of rivers,
on offshore islands and on hammocks (elevated areas of tropical forests).
Everglades began to be known after the US and Seminole Wars of 1835-42.
Everglades used to cover over four million acres of South Florida. This area has
been reduced by more than 50 percent. The Florida Everglades is the largest remaining
sub-tropical wilderness in the continental United States. The abundant wildlife
includes rare and colorful birds, and is the only place in the world where alligators
and crocodiles exist side by side.
DE SAN MARCOS NATIONAL MONUMENT (Saint Augustine)
Castillo Drive South, Saint Augustine 32084; (http://www.nps.gov/)
centerpiece of Spanish colonialism in the oldest city in the United States, the
massive fort built of coquina and stone is a wonderful place to explore. The fort
served as a prison to American Revolutionary supporters and Seminole Indians.
The exhibits are well designed.
CLINCH (Fernandina Beach)
Atlanta Avenue; 904-277-7274
Located at the top of Amelia Island facing the coastal marsh of Georgia, Fort
Clinch is a wonderfully preseved 1850's fort located on a great swimming beach.
There is a museum and guides dressed as 1860's Union troops tour you around the
Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach 32561
This huge fort was built to protect Pensacola Bay and the Naval Yard, but remained
in Union hands in the Civil War after the second combat engagement of the War.
Geronimo was a prisoner here in 1887. There is a museum, fishing facilities, and
a good beach.
ZACHARY TAYLOR STATE HISTORIC SITE (Key West)
Pensacola Naval Air Station on the southwest tip of Key West; 305-292-6713
low lying fort was started in 1845 to protect the island port and is being renovated
to its original neat brickwork and fortificatioons after years of neglect. The
little beach by the fort is one of the few decent strips of island sand, although
there are rough currents.
CAROLINE (replica) (Jacksonville)
Fort Caroline Road on the St. Johns River, Jacksonville 32225; 904-641-7155
ALthough this is a replica of a French colony set up in 1564 by Jean Ribault,
it is a wonderful site to understand the origin of Florida's first settlement,
which was French and Protestant, not Spanish and Catholic. A museum hugs a bluff
above the fort to preserve the atmosphere. Unfortunately, in summer the flying
bugs are often terrible.
The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library
2244 Beach Blvd; Biloxi, MS 39531
(800) 570-3818 | (228) 388-9074 | Fax (228)
Beauvoir is the stunning home of the only President of the Confederate
States of America and the place where he penned his memoirs. The 51 acre estate,
fronting the Gulf of Mexico.
Biloxi Historical Walking Tour
710 Beach Blvd; Biloxi, 39530
(228) 374-3105 | Fax (228) 435-6248 Self-guided
walking tour begins at the Visitors Center and takes you strolling through historic
Biloxi where you will see sites that date as far back as 1830.
P O Box 508, Highay 90 & Porter Ave; Biloxi, 39533
(228) 435-6308 | Fax (228) 435-6211
The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848.
Biloxi Visitors Center
710 Beach Blvd; Biloxi, 39530
(228) 374-3105 | Fax (228) 435-6248
Located in the historic Breilmaier house
circa 1895. Hostesses can provide information, brochures and discounts on area
attractions. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm, Sat 9:00am to 4:30pm
Massachusetts/Gulf Islands National Seashore
3500 Park Rd; Ocean
(228) 875-9057 | Fax (228) 872-2954
Ship Island, one of
the most popular island destinations for visitors, is approximately 12 miles offshore.
It is host to Fort Massachusetts. Confederate soldiers occupied Fort Massachusetts
Gulfport Centennial Museum
1419 27th Ave, Train
Station; Gulfport, MS 39502
(228) 868-5849 | Fax (228) 868-5800
hundreds of photographs and artifacts detailing Gulfport's growth over the past
WWII/USS Tullibee Memorial
370 Bienville Blvd; Ocean Springs, 39564
Honoring 79 sumariners
from the USS Tullibee who perished on March 26, 1944 with one lone survivor. One
side of this Memorial lists the names of all who perished.
TEXAS GULF COAST
Gulf Coast Railroad Museum
Houston TX 77028-3520
To preserve, enjoy and share with the public the memory,
history and experience of railroading, particularly Texas railroading, as it has
been and as it is now.
Museum of the Gulf Coast
701 Fourth Street in Port Arthur, Texas
The Museum of the Gulf Coast combines
conventional and an unconventional approach to tell the exciting story of the
Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region. Traditional themes are utilized in interpreting
the focus of Gulf Coast life before the arrival of man, the role of Native Americans,
European contact, Hispanic legacy, the trauma of Civil War, economic and cultural
growth, and the integration of the Gulf Coast region into the larger national
and international community.
west of Gulf Shores on State Highway 180 West
Grounds and fort open 8-7 June
through September; 8-5 October through February and 8-6 March through May. The
museum is open weekdays 8-5, and Saturday and Sunday 9-5. Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children 6-12, free to younger
Facilities: Picnic tables,
seasonal concession stand, restrooms,
More: Living history program is conducted daily
during the summer. Candlelight fort tours are Tuesday evenings in the summer.
Civil War reenactments are staged every five years during the first weekend in
Open 9-5 (9-6 during Daylight
Savings Time). Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cost: $3 adults, $1 children 5-12, free to younger
Facilities: Picnic tables,
snack shop, restrooms.
are staged on various days October- May.
Mobile Bay Ferry
Ferry typically departs
every 90 minutes, but schedules vary. It’s best to call first. Dauphin Island’s
first run is at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m.; The ferry from Ft. Morgan
runs 8:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
one-way: $2 per person; walk-on round-trip: $3 per person; car, one-way: $15;
car, round-trip: $23; motor home, one-way: $25
Gulf Shores Museum
Open Tuesday - Friday
10-noon and 1-5:00 p.m. and 10-2 on Saturdays
More: Explore the coastal past
of fishing and hurricanes as you enjoy a diversity of other attention-grabbing
exhibits. Make time to take a stroll in the outdoor garden and enjoy the resident
birds and butterflies.
Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum
Open Tuesday – Friday 9-11:30, 12-4 p.m. and Saturday 9-2 p.m.
More: This former church and school is now the
home for numerous historic seagoing and Indian artifacts. Take pleasure as you
learn from the visual portrait it paints of our coastal heritage.
of this Acadian Village feature eight authentic Acadian houses dating back to
1800, as well as a replica of a historic general store.
Greenleaf Drive Lafayette LA USA 70506
Crystal Rice Plantation
in 1890, this family owned and operated plantation offers agricultural tours describing
the seeding, harvesting and processing of rice and crawfish. A collection of 21
automobiles and a Piper Cub airplane are also on display.
6428 Airport Road Crowley LA USA 70526
Cypress Manor and Mardi Gras Collection Museum
The Mardi Gras Collection Museum is housed inside Cypress Manor, a historic home
built in 1907. A variety of Mardi Gras costumes and memorabilia are on display.
Children under five years of age are admitted free.
Address: 715 Second
St. Morgan City LA USA 70380
White Plantation Home - Louisiana State Museum
the banks of Bayou Lafourche near Thibodaux, this historic plantation home dates
anywhere from the late 18th century to the 1830s. Due to contrasting architectural
features it is difficult to determine the exact age of the home. The house provides
an example of the raised cottage design popular in southern Louisiana prior to
the Civil war.
Address: 2295 LA. Hwy 1 Thibodeaux LA USA 70301
Grevemberg House Museum
historic home, built in 1851, passed through a number of families before it was
sold to the City of Franklin in 1948. The home features a number of historic items,
including Civil War artefacts.
Address: 407 Sterling Rd Franklin LA USA 70538
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Six separate sites which highlight different features of Louisiana culture and
natural resources, such as the Battle of New Orleans site, and the nature and
culture of the swamp region. There are visitor centers at each location, and no
Address: 365 Canal Street, Suite 2400 New Orleans LA 70130-1142
- Location #2: Acadian
Cultural Center, Lafayette Tel:318 232-0789
#3: Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, Eunice Tel:337 262-6862
#4: Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, Thibodaux Tel:504 448-1375
#5: Barataria Preserve, Marrero Tel:504 589-2330
#6: Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, Chalmette Tel:504 589-4430