Tallahassee's Mission San Luis: From the Apalachee to Spanish Explorers, It's History on Display

By: Gary McKechnie


If you’ve been to Tallahassee to watch a football game, attend class, explore the capital building, or visit the Museum of Florida History… next time, make it your mission to visit Mission San Luis.

I’ve just written an article about my visit there and, for a variety of reasons, I think this is a great Florida destination. The top reason may be that none of us will ever fully understand or appreciate how the state was knocked through the centuries with native cultures competing with combative explorers and then a succession of entrepreneurs who felt they’d strike it rich right here.

The 63-acre mission doesn’t fill in all of the blanks about our past, but with its museum and displays and re-created village and character guides, arrive with a bit of curiosity and a willingness to learn and you’ll learn a fair amount about what life was like here when the Apalachee and Spanish lived side by side between 1656 and 1704.

For me the jaw-dropping highlight was learning that the explorers here were eating off china…

From China!

 Learn more about it at missionsanluis.org


2100 W. Tennessee Street
Hours: 10-6 Tuesday-Sunday
Prices: $5 adults, $3 65 and over, $2 ages 6-17
Contact: (850) 245.6406

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