San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, Saint Marks

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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is a Florida State Park in Wakulla County, Florida organized around the historic site of a Spanish colonial fort (known as Fort St. Marks by the English and Americans), which was used by succeeding nations that controlled the area. The Spanish first built wooden buildings and a stockade in the late 17th and early 18th centuries here, which were destroyed by a hurricane.

The stone fort was built beginning in 1753. It came under successive control by Great Britain, Spain, the United States and, lastly, the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The Confederate Army built a Marine hospital from the materials of the fort. The US took control of the site again in 1865, and the fort site was abandoned.

On November 13, 1966, the fort area was designated a National Historic Landmark because of its significance and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Designated as a National Engineering Landmark, the fort site has been highlighted on the Florida Native American Heritage Trail. On October 10, 1952, Congress authorized designating Ft. St. Mark's as a National Historic Site upon donation of the site to the National Park Service. That donation apparently never happened, however, and the site remains a Florida State Park and a National Historic Landmark.

The historic park is located in the vicinity of St. Marks, off S.R. 363, at 148 Old Fort Road.
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  • One of the most significant historical sites in all of Florida. This little fort is 400 years old and the flags of several countries have flown here. Spanish, pirates, English, Native American, the...  more »
  • This is a Museum and you can go inside and watch a video plus look at the Artifacts from back in the days. You can walk around and see different places that has History from back in the days too...  more »
  • Neat little park with some interesting history both outside and inside the museum. Worth a quick stop if you're in the area.
  • Such an important place in world history. I never knew. I've been educated now and I'm impressed and thankful. Great presentation. Helpful and informative Gentleman working there. Thanks, we'll be back.

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