St. Augustine’s City Gates

Old City Gates, St. Augustine, Florida

These city gates were once the only entrance into the streets of St. Augustine. Built in 1808 of sturdy stone, the gates served as a wall of protection for the settlement. Several times the city had been invaded and it was determined that a better line of protection was needed to keep the citizens and businesses safe from theft and damage. Before this city wall was built there was something called the Cubo Line that ran from the old fort along the barriers of the city.

The city gates also stand as a reminder of some terrible times that represent the grim history of the city. A deadly strain of Yellow Fever struck the city in 1821. It killed hundreds of city residents in St. Augustine of them, a young girl who is now believed to be a ghost who haunts the city gates.

Directly across the street from the City Gate lies the Huguenot Cemetery. This resting place was established as a burial ground for the victims of the fever. During this time if a member of the family died from the fever the entire house was burnt along with all of the families possessions to prevent the spread. One day the body of a young girl in a lacey white dress was found at the gates of the city. It was assumed that she died of the fever and her family left her at the gates to prevent their home from being burnt. Today it is local legend the girl haunts the city gates at which she was abandoned.

Old City Gates, St. Augustine, Florida

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Frederick Douglass’ Visit to St. Augustine

Site of Frederick Douglass’ Speech to St. Augustine, Florida

On Sunday, April 7, 1889, Frederick Douglass spoke to the residents of St. Augustine at this spot. Of course his speech took place at the Genovar Opera House which burnt in a fire in 1914. Douglass spoke to nearly 700 people at this site and was formally introduced by the city mayor, William Dewhurst. Known for his friendship with the late President Lincoln and his extensive work in freeing slaves, Douglass had made quite a name for himself.

During Douglass’ speech to the prominent citizens of the area he discussed issues in civil rights for freed slaves in the South. He wanted to spread a message that the African Americans of the area were in search of equal treatment and opportunity. It is said that after the speech people gathered in a standing ovation and joined in singing the national anthem.

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America’s Oldest Christian Congregation, Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is the oldest Christian congregation in the entire United States with its first meeting in 1565. It is also the oldest Catholic Church in the city of St. Augustine. The beautiful architecture seen around the basilica is reminiscent of historic Spanish style. The Bishop of the St. Augustine Diocese is based out this grand structure.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida

Built over a duration of five years due to its extensive architecture, the basilica was opened in 1797. The building was utlizied for Catholic services and well known throughout the region due to its beautiful design.

In 1887, the Cathedral burnt in a major fire. Due to the type of stone used in its construction the major framework of the building was left standing. Despite Henry Flagler’s participation in the nearby Presbyterian Church, he was still fond of the architecture of this building. Flagler organized and donated funds to be arranged in the reconstruction of the historic church.

It was during this time that some additions and décor were added to the church. Four bells are placed in the bell tower that were salvaged from local churches and ring in the city square on the daily.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is open for tours and services. For more information please visit https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/cathedral-basilica-st-augustine.

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Dr. Peck House

Dr. Peck House, St. Augustine, Florida

These historic walls are located in historic St. Augustine, Florida and date back to the early 1700s. The Royal Treasurer for the Spanish Colony made his residence behind these walls during the time period. Governor John Moultrie lived at the home and later the home was rebuilt altogether.

This occurred after a local doctor, Dr. Seth Peck purchased the land in 1837. He remodeled and created a new home from these historic walls. At the new residence the Peck family lived for nearly 100 years.

The city of St. Augustine received the property from the last resident of the Peck family in 1931. With grants from the Flagler Foundation this historic wall has been incorporated into gardens and preserved for future generations to enjoy the cities historical heritage.

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Plaza de la Constitution

Plaza de la Constitution, St. Augustine, Florida

Established by the Spanish in 1573, this plaza is the oldest public space in all of the United States. According to Spanish guidelines the park had to be of a certain size and depth in order to best suit the people of the community. It also provided a common space for citizens of early St. Augustine. City meetings and gatherings most likely would have been held in this location.

It has also been recorded that a historic well is located in the park. Historians and archaeologists have rated this well to pre-1700s based on artifacts.

Today the plaza is best known for its concerts and holiday celebrations due to its location in the center of the city.

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The Last Constitution Monument

Constitution Monument, St. Augustine, Florida

This monument was constructed in 1813 in response to the fact that in the year prior, Spain had wrote its first constitution. In commemoration of this significant event, the country requested that all cities and territories construct a monument in honor of their document. The monument seen here is St. Augustine’s representation to the first constitution. Also the park surrounding the monument is also called Plaza de la Constitution.

St. Augustine was at one point the capital of Spain’s territory in Florida. In 1814, the constitution was overthrown and the monarchy was reinstated. It was ordered that all statues and monuments made in honor be destroyed but the city of St. Augustine insisted on keeping theirs intact. This action has left this monument to be the last one of its kind in the world.

The monument is open to visitors and is located in downtown St. Augustine in the middle of Plaza de la Constitution.

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Royalty and Politics at the Governor’s House

Governor’s House, St. Augustine, Florida

The Governor’s House in St. Augustine has served as a residence for notable figures over the past several centuries. The current building that stands today was constructed in the early 1700s. In its early years the building was the main center for the town. Not only was it the Governors House but also a courthouse and office building. While the city was growing, so did the Governor’s House. Daniel Boone is even said to have visited the building.

The last governor to remain in the house died in 1811 and from then on the building remained vacant. That is until in 1833 when the building was rebuilt using money sponsored by the United States government. The building was remodeled and was strongly used as Union military headquarters for the area during the Civil War.

During the early 1900s the building was used as a spot for the local post office until a new building was later built. Over the past several decades the State of Florida in partnership with the University of Florida have preserved the building and made it available for tours.

During a visit to St. Augustine in 2001, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain stood on the balcony of the building. In 2015, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were also guests at the building.

Governor’s House, St. Augustine, Florida

Today anyone can visit the house as the first floor has been dedicated as a museum to its historical past. For more information about visiting the Government House be sure to visit http://staugustine.ufl.edu/govHouse.html.

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Flagler’s Memorial Presbyterian Church

Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine, Florida

Known for his initiation in the construction of many other elegant structures in the city of St. Augustine, Henry Flagler was the source of funding and inspiration behind this immense church. It is also the first Presbyterian Church in the state of Florida.

History of Memorial Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church was established in 1824 by a minister from Georgia by the name of Henry McWhir. Although the original church was not the one seen in this current location. Over the next several decades the small congregation grew and evolved. New additions were made to the small structure and slowly more locals began to attend the service.

During the Civil War, regular church services were not held inside the building as it was being used for military programs. Henry Flagler and his family were members of the church.

Henry Flagler was a prominent businessman in the area. In fact, he was the founder of Standard Oil which was based out of Ohio but also the constructor of the Florida East Coast Railway.

Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine, Florida

The current sanctuary building that is seen today was built in the late 1880s and early 1890s by gracious donations from Henry Morrison Flagler. After the death of Flagler’s eldest daughter he made it his goal to create the magnificent sanctuary. In fact, the exterior bares a memorial script to his daughter who perished giving birth to his grandchild. The Flagler family continued to attend the church and are buried in a mausoleum at the site.

The building is designed from a combination of several European architectural styles. The church was officially designed by a firm from New York City and cost a total of $250,000. The famous copper dome was imported from Italy.

The church was dedicated in 1890 and various notable people were in attendance. Of these people include United States Vice President Levi Morton and First Lady Caroline Harrison. The beautiful stained glass windows were not complete at the time of the dedication ceremony and took nearly a decade to finish.

The church has been noted for its historical and architectural significance. In 2017, Hurricane Irma damaged the cross and copper roof which had to be repaired.

Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine, Florida

Visiting Memorial Presbyterian Church

This church is listed as one of the religious wonders in the United States.

Located near Flagler College in St. Augustine, the church is open for tours daily. For more information visit https://memorialpcusa.org/visitors/tours/.

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Oldest Wooden School House in the USA

Violet Sky at the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, St. Augustine, Florida

Nestled down a cozy city street in downtown historic St. Augustine is a significant structure representative of colonial American history. The Oldest Wooden School House stands at 14 St. George Street amongst other key locations in the city and is available for tours!

History of the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse

A great mystery behind this historic structure is in fact the year that it was initially built. No other wooden school house in the United States is is as old as this one. The earliest mention of the St. Augustine School House was in 1716 when the building was noted in tax records. Historians have stated that in 1702, during the Queen Anne’s War, the British burned the city so no wooden structures would still be standing from years prior.

The oldest wooden school house is made from red cedar and accompanying bald cypress. Both native trees to the northeast Florida area. Holding the structure are large iron spikes and nails. This school has withstood the years of rain, wind and even hurricanes. Due to the severity of weather seen along the Atlantic coast, in 1937 it was decided to place a large chain around the school to hold it in place in the event of a major storm.

Another fun fact about the historic school is that it was one of the first schools to open classes for boys and girls in a co-ed environment. Classes of this form of instruction were said to begin around 1788 at the school. A kitchen was built separate from the building so that the students and live-in teacher would be safe in case of a fire and also to reduce the temperature inside the building during the Florida summer. The teacher of the school would live upstairs on the second floor. The family of the schoolmaster would also make their residence here.

Oldest Wooden School House, St. Augustine, Florida

Visiting the Oldest Wooden School House

The building is a cute place to take photos as it is located amongst a lot of other historic places. The detail in wood construction and the significant history behind the building make the overall visit to this schoolhouse interesting. Explore the interior and surrounding structures as well as vintage textbooks on your visit. The school is available for tours and includes a self-guided package. For more information please visit https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/oldest-wooden-school-house.

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Cook Motor Company

Violet Sky outside the old Cook Motor Company Building, Panama City, Florida

Located in downtown Panama City, the Cook Motor Company had built this building in the 1930s following a devastating fire. The original dealership was called the Panama City Motor Company but was declared a total loss after an explosion caused a fire and ruined the storefront.

This building still stands today and had a large showroom, office for the employees and even a shop to repair vehicles. The dealership sold cars manufactured by Ford.

After extensive expansion the dealership moved and since then the building has changed ownership and been home to many different businesses over the past years.

The plaque located on the front facade of the building still gives a glimpse of what was once a booming business in downtown Panama City.

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The History of the McKenzie House

Violet Sky at the Robert L. McKenzie House, Panama City, Florida

Built by a woman, this home once was the residence of the first mayor of Panama City. When Belle Booth built this cute little cottage style home in Panama City in 1909, the area would have looked much different. Its Dutch Colonial style stands out amongst the historic downtown buildings nearby. The history behind the home is unique and brings to light the settlement of the area.

Moving from Escanaba, Michigan to just north of what was to become Panama City in 1903, Belle and her husband Dr. Charles Booth built a home near Anderson Bayou in what is now Lynn Haven. They brought along with them their nine year old daughter, Jewel. Her husband worked to open a medical practice but soon came down with severe blood poisoning in 1907. Dr. Booth traveled to New York hoping his brother, who was also a doctor would be able to cure his illness. Unfortunately he passed away in his brothers care that year.

Devastated by the loss of her husband, Belle moved into Panama City with her daughter and constructed this home in 1909. Moving from the country she chose to build her residence across from the city park. During the years of 1909-1913 she lived here and worked as a postmistress supporting her family. She paid for her young daughter Jewel to attend school at Brenau Conservatory, today a university, in Gainesville, Georgia. Jewel was a brilliant and well liked young woman in the community. She would often return back to Panama City during breaks to visit with family and friends.

On December 6, 1911, Belle received a message that her only child had suddenly fallen ill. She rushed to Georgia to be with her daughter but sadly, she passed away before she was able to arrive. Jewel was only seventeen at the time of her death and her mother dedicated a stained glass window and bell in her honor at the M.E. Church of Panama City.

Belle Booth remarried on January 11, 1913 to a prominent local man known by the name of Robert L. McKenzie. They took their honeymoon to Havana, Cuba. McKenzie believed that he could incorporate Panama City into a port community that would be an excellent location for freight between Atlanta and the soon to be built Panama Canal. He was the mayor of Panama City beginning in 1909 and served in the Florida House of Representatives for two terms between 1909-1913.

As Robert McKenzie worked in politics, his wife Belle strived to achieve benevolent programs for women and children in the community. Being very involved in the church she felt it important to put effort into the local area. Having lost her husband and been a single mother she worked to provide aid to women in need.

Following Belle’s death in 1919, McKenzie focused his efforts into his work. He continued to engage in business activities in the community. His residence remained at this house and he added onto the home to add space for his work and colleagues to meet.

Robert McKenzie remarried to a local schoolteacher, Blandford Dixon with whom he had two daughters, Anne in 1921 and Ellen in 1924. The family continued to live in the home. It was in this home that many decisions impacting Panama City were made and the family raised their two daughters.

When Robert met Bob Jones, an ambitious minister with plans to construct a college in the area, he began helping establish the educational institution. Bob Jones University opened in 1927 and remained in Panama City until the 1930s following the Great Depression when it moved to Tennessee. He worked during World War II on the Selective Service Board and with the American Red Cross.

The McKenzie House was named and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The home is available to take pictures of the exterior and on occasion the inside is open for tours. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Landmark—Historical-Place/The-Historic-McKenzie-House-174104114331/.

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The Haunted Higby, An Artistic Journey

Violet Sky at the Panama City Center for the Arts, Panama City, Florida

On display for the month of October at the Panama City Center for the Arts is a unique tale depicted through interactive artwork in a magical collaboration. The “Haunted Higby” was designed in partnership by the Bay Arts Alliance which creates a unique tale of lovers who enter the forest. The exhibit is not scary and read the story as you pass through some amazing artwork. In fact the Raven Wood Forest is an interesting demonstration of the artists skills.

Violet Sky at the Panama City Center for the Arts, Panama City, Florida

Also on display at the Panama City Center for the arts are several other galleries as well as plenty of artwork. Most of the works of art have been created from the talents of local artists.

Admission to the Haunted Higby and the rest of the Panama City Center for the Arts is free! For more information please visit https://www.pccenterforthearts.com/.

Violet Sky at the Panama City Center for the Arts, Panama City, Florida

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Bewitched Statue, A Tribute to Elizabeth Montgomery

Bewitched Statue, Salem, Massachusetts

“Twinkle-Twinkle”, known for her iconic nose-twitching role as Samantha Stephens on the popular 1960s television show Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery has been immortalized by this statue in downtown Salem. TV Land dedicated this monument in 2005 for the amazing character portrayal she demonstrated throughout the duration of the show.

In fact, four episodes of the television show were filmed in Salem, and locals even said that there was a rise in tourism following its feature on Bewitched. The six-foot tall statue represents the bewitching “Samantha” aboard a broom with the crescent of the moon behind her as was shown on the shows intro.

The statues nose has been worn over time as people try to “twitch” her nose. This statue receives millions of visitors each year and is a wonderful tribute to the television series.

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Salem Maritime Museum

Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem, Massachusetts

Known for being the first national historic site in America, the Salem Maritime museum is an interesting stop along your journey. It is a part of the National Park Service. Also included at the site are several other notable buildings and a replica of the East India Trading Company ship known as the Friendship. Admission to these buildings is available to discover over 600 years of New England history right at this cute port. During your visit be sure to explore to notable people, artifacts and history behind each of these historic buildings!

Also nearby is the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.

For more information please visit https://www.nps.gov/sama/index.html

Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem, Massachusetts

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A Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Violet Sky at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Step back in time at one of Walt Disney World’s famous theme parks, Hollywood Studios. Stride into the park through a replica of Hollywood Boulevard. Serenaded by flashback music of the “Golden Age”, witness impersonators of popular actors and actress in period automobiles. Stop by and enjoy dining and shopping with unique options with something for everyone. With seven fantastic areas to explore all within one park, be sure to enjoy everything that this magical land has to offer!

Have lunch at the Brown Derby, Trolley Car Cafe or even Rosie’s All American Cafe. Shopping options include the Celebrity 5&10 or even Legends of Hollywood! Cute little attractions are scattered throughout the park which make wonderful photo opportunities.

Violet Sky at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

For Muppet’s fans this park has some wonderful experiences. Enjoy some Italian food at PizzeRizzo or enjoy MuppetVision 3D a short, magical representation of a “Muppet Show”.

The Walt Disney Gallery and Theatre offers a little museum of artifacts and history behind Walt’s inspiration for the parks. Or if you are searching for some thrill rides, be sure to launch yourself onto the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith or be spooked by the mystical Tower of Terror.

Throughout the park you will locate several replicas of iconic Hollywood destinations. An exact representation of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre stands tall complete with handprints of famous celebrities who have visited the park. At the park entrance is the popular Crossroads of the World Tower!

Violet Sky at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

If you are a fan of the Star Wars saga, be sure to dive into this creation of key places in the series. The two main attractions in the area include the Rise of Resistance and the Millennium Falcon which provide guests the experiences of taking on battles and flying spaceships in this fantasy area. If you are hungry stop by Oga’s Cantina!

A wonderful place for children is Toy Story Land! With three spectacular rides featuring fun amusements, kids will feel like they are at a giant toy store. Slinky Dog Dash is a small roller coaster for those over 38″. Also available are the Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania.

At the park are the options to see Broadway style plays in open air theatres. During my visit to the park, Beauty and the Beast as well as Indiana Jones were both being performed. What a great way to explore the amazing performances of these exciting shows!

Violet Sky at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

So take a stroll down Grand Avenue, take a turn on Hollywood Boulevard or cruise down Sunset for entrance into many popular attractions. Also be sure to visit Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land or even Animation Courtyard for a fun filled exploration of the park. Hop down by Echo Lake to see the giant boat and dinosaur.

For more information about visiting Disney Parks please visit https://adventureswithvioletsky.com/2020/04/30/tips-for-visiting-walt-disney-world/.

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The Origin of Panama City Beach

Located in the heart of Panama City Beach across from the famous beachfront restaurant, Sharky’s, The Origin of Panama City Beach is a wonderful condominium with plenty of amenities.

This building opened in the fall of 2007 and has since brought people of Panama City Beach and its visitors to this unique place to enjoy fun in sun. The condominium is located across from the pristine white sand of the Emerald Coast. Offering guests their own private entrance to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the Origin is a splendid getaway destination. Parking is available on site with a pass in the parking garage or extra spaces are allowed in the overflow area.

Filled with plenty of amenities the Origin features a pool on the 4th floor along with a fitness center. Also available to guests is a movie theatre and a game room!

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Kayaking Morrison Springs

Violet Sky kayaking at Morrison Springs, Florida

Autumn in Florida is a beautiful time of year. Not only have the temperatures cooled to the 70s but also the slow changing of some foliage allows for some great outdoor experiences. This fantastic weather makes for a splendid adventure out on the water. So grab a kayak and paddle on! Morrison Springs in the panhandle of Florida is a beautiful destination any time of the year but this fall trip aboard a kayak was amazing!

At Morrison Springs there is a boat launch that allows for plenty of space to put your kayak in the water. The water is so clear you can see all the way to the bottom and the cypress trees create a welcoming atmosphere! The swimming area is also open so pull your kayak ashore and jump in!

For more information about visiting Morrison Springs please visit https://adventureswithvioletsky.com/2020/07/15/morrison-springs/.

Violet Sky kayaking at Morrison Springs, Florida

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Dinner at Wahoo Seafood Grill

Wahoo Seafood Grill, Tallahassee, Florida

A unique restaurant located just off of I-10 in Tallahassee, Florida with delicious food is Wahoo Seafood Grill. On several adventures I have stopped by this place and have always been impressed by the service and quality of food!

One of my personal favorite seafood dishes is boom boom shrimp and when you combine that appreciation with tacos, what a wonderful combination! Not only was the food delicious but also the portions are appropriate for the pricing. Their menu ranges from salads to seafood and even burgers! Also Wahoo Seafood has a full bar and specialty drinks!

Orders can also be placed online or dine options are either location are available. Check out their menu at https://www.wahooseafoodgrill.com/menu for more information.

Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos at Wahoo Seafood Grill, Tallahassee, Florida

Wahoo Seafood Grill has two locations, one in Tallahassee and another in Gainesville. Both locations are conveniently located near the interstate for easy accessibility. The Tallahassee location is just off from I-10 at Exit 199 while the Gainesville location is near I-75 at Exit 390.

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Bell from the USS Tallahassee

Bell from the USS Tallahassee, Tallahassee, Florida

After serving over 20 years and its great efforts in World War I, the USS Tallahassee was decommissioned on March 24, 1922 and its bell was placed here in downtown of the Florida capital. The bell was displayed in Tallahassee as a symbol for the importance of the city and the ship that was named after the location.

Construction began on the ship in early 1899 at a shipyard near Elizabethport, New Jersey. It was determined after the ships launch that it would be named the USS Florida which entered the water on November 30, 1901. After only sailing for a few years the battleship was renamed in 1908 to the USS Tallahassee.

After its renaming the USS Tallahassee served the Naval Academy where naval men worked aboard training and operating the vessel. Of some of the most notable achievements that the ship produced was the discovery that stacked turrets could be used in a productive and safe manner.

Just before the U.S. entered World War I, the USS Tallahassee become designated as a submarine tender. During the war the ship sailed about the Caribbean region and even along the U.S. southern Atlantic Coast. The World War I Medal of Victory was designated to the USS Tallahassee for its service in 1917-1918.

During its years of commission the USS Tallahassee housed nearly 220 people and was over 250 feet in length. After being decommissioned in 1922, the ship was scrapped and any remaining resources were moved to other ships.

Violet Sky at the Bell from the USS Tallahassee, Tallahassee, Florida

The bell is located at 300 South Adams Street in downtown Tallahassee nearby the Old Florida Capitol Building. It is free to visit and definitely makes for a great stop if you are exploring the area.

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A Visit to the Historic Florida Capitol Building

Florida Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida

Standing atop one of the highest points in Leon County is the old Florida Capitol Building. Noted for its unique architecture and elegant style it has been a symbol of the states government for nearly 200 years. At one time, this historical place feared demolition with the construction of the new government building in the 1970s, but after some fought to keep the structure it serves as a museum today.

Violet Sky at the Florida Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida

While Tallahassee was designated as Florida Territory’s capital in 1824, the first government officials met in log cabins in the area. Working in these small spaces was not adequate to their needs and instead began to work on a new building. In 1839, construction and approval for this historic building was commenced. Just as Florida was entering statehood in 1845, this elaborate house for the government was completed.

Carved into the pediment of the building is a classic picture of early Florida life. The art even includes a sidewheeler steamboat.

Florida Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida

The building served its purpose for many years but as with the expansion of government and increased departments it was voted to remodel and add on to the existing building in 1902. It was then that the iconic dome atop the highest point was erected. In fact one of the first people to climb to the top of the dome was a 90-year old Civil War veteran!

Later in 1923, two more extensions were added before the final additions in 1936 and 1947 which established actual chambers for the Florida House and Senate.

Violet Sky at the Florida Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida

The new capitol building which stands 22 stories tall was finished in the late 1970s. After its completion some thought that the old building should be demolished. Instead, the building was preserved and is used as a museum. Today people can visit the Old Florida Capitol Building which is open for tours and events. For current hours and admission please visit http://flhistoriccapitol.gov/.

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