Mission San Luis de Apalachee, Tallahassee

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Mission San Luis de Apalachee (also known as San Luis de Talimali) was a Spanish Franciscan mission built in 1633 in the Florida Panhandle, two miles west of the present-day Florida Capitol Building in Tallahassee, Florida. It was located in the descendent settlement of Anhaica (also as Anhayca Apalache or Inihayca) capital of Apalachee Province. The mission was part of Spain's effort to colonize the Florida Peninsula and to convert the Timucuan and Apalachee Indians to Christianity. The mission lasted until 1704 when it was evacuated and destroyed to prevent its use by an approaching militia of Creek Indians and South Carolinians.

The site where the mission stood was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on October 15, 1966.

In 1996, a project began to reconstruct some of the mission buildings on the site, based on archeological and historical evidence.

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  • Great place to learn and understand Apalachee Native American history. The archaeology is well conceived and presented to lay people as well as more deeply available to trained or avid students of...  more »
  • The location of the mission restoration and the museum are both beautiful. The "in costume" guides were very well informed. Nice stop. Also, the mission is pet friendly. We didn't know this so we....  more »
  • WENT with Family and Friends GREAT PLACE. A lot of historical context very PEACEFUL and RELAXING Weekend We had a big picnic with Everyone. GREAT TIME sent half day inside looking at the stuff in drawers then half walking around. They had a wedding there BEAUTIFUL. ENJOYED EVERYTHING . BEEN back twice by my self a lot of history. Thank You Again will be BACK
  • Overall the grounds were clean, and employees were very informative and the demonstrations were interesting. All of the buildings are replicas of the historical time period, but some had modern day touches such as a new tent in the upstairs area of the fort. There were a lot points of interest that described what the buildings were. While I was there the blacksmith made a nail, it was a pretty quick process to observe. Also, was able to see a volunteer group I assume constructing another Point of Interest. It is a very calm and relaxing place, but from a historical standpoint there could have been more offered that may have been unique to only that area and location.

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