Featuring multiple historic locations throughout the downtown area of Pensacola, the Colonial Archaeological Trail is an excellent way to witness the preservation of local history. As you venture through the trail a very unique aspect of this walking tour is the key locations that were previously used in the area. The occupation of Pensacola by Spain, Britain and now the United States have all left a trace in the archaeology of the region.
With a partnership of the University of West Florida, Florida Public Archaeology Network and other local historical organizations this trail has been designated to commemorate life in the area from years past.
As you can see from the map above, present day streets are highlighted and stars present the location of various historic locations through the area. This map makes it easy to snap a photo and take a walk around the beautiful downtown of Pensacola. While you are on your adventure, be sure to check out all of the locations on the Colonial Archaeological Trail.
At the Commanding Officer’s Compound you can learn about how both Spanish and British military forces utilized this spot to serve as a location for their military headquarters.
The Spanish left behind an old barrel well and also a cold storage area that would have been used to sustain life at the compound.
Later it was excavated that the British had built brick ovens. After much archeological research was conducted at the site it gave more proof to the locations past as a compound for military officers and storage.
These remnants can be seen from the photos above and below!
The Officer’s Room along the Colonial Archaeological Trail is located at the corner of Plaza Ferdinand and across from the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Museum.
The outline of the corner of the room still lies down in the dirt. In fact, the stone you see today was actually constructed in 1775. Serving as an officer’s room and later barracks this site has been used for research into the military presence of Pensacola.
The trail is completely free and a great way to learn about the history of Pensacola!
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