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A visit to Mission San Luis transports you back to 1703. Your destination is a community where Apalachee Indians and newcomers from Spain lived together.

Hear the ring of the blacksmith's hammer, smell traditional foods being cooked over an open fire, and walk the plaza where the Apalachees played their traditional ball games. Experience the largest historic-period Indian building found in the Southeast and greet the friar at the church. Learn about a soldier's life at the fort, and explore 300-year-old artifacts excavated onsite. Or just enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting with a picnic lunch or nature walk.

Come escape to another time, and share the spirit of Mission San Luis with friends and family!

From 1656 to 1704, San Luis served as the principal village of the Apalachees and was the Spaniards' westernmost military, religious, and administrative capital. Mission San Luis was one of over 100 mission settlements established in Spanish Florida between the 1560s and 1690s. It was home to more than 1,400 residents, including a powerful Apalachee chief and the Spanish deputy governor.

In recognition of its historical significance, San Luis received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Today Mission San Luis is the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida. As a living history museum it is devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee and Spanish residents. Knowledge of life at San Luis over three centuries ago comes from intensive archaeological and historical research—the site is the most thoroughly investigated mission in the southeastern United States.

Join us in exploring native culture and Spanish colonization in a meticulously recreated landscape!

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours,
  • Disabled Traveler Information:
  • ADA Compliant, Wheelchair-friendly,

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Blessing of Animals

October 01, 2016
Pet owners, animal lovers, and furry, feathered, or other friends are invited to the annual Blessing of Animals. The event features individual pet blessings, activities for children, and animal organization exhibits. FREE
http://www.missionsanluis.org

info@missionsanluis.org

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Giving Thanks: 17th-Century Apalachee & Spanish Foodways

November 26, 2016
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, see demonstrations of traditional food preparation by historical interpreters in period dress. Visitors can observe outdoor cooking with native and European plants from the site's gardens and fields. There will be demonstrations of meat and fish smoking on the barbacoa as well as activities for children. Learn how people and foods from the New and Old Worlds came together to create a cross-cultural cuisine. (Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-17, FREE for children under 6, members, and active duty military.)
http://www.missionsanluis.com

info@missionsanluis.org

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17th Century Military Muster at Mission San Luis

March 11, 2017
Come experience colorful pageantry and blackpowder musket and cannon fire at Mission San Luis' fort. Enjoy learning about the world of Spanish soldiers and Apalachee warriors at Spanish Florida's western capital. • Blackpowder firings & military processions • Children's make-and-take colonial crafts • Archery, blacksmithing, period cooking and other demonstrations • Food vendors (Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-17, FREE for children under 6, members, and active duty military.)
http://www.missionsanluis.org

info@missionsanluis.org

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