Philippe Park Safety Harbor Mound

Philippe Park was acquired in 1948, making it the oldest park in the county. This historically rich park bears the name of Count Odet Philippe who introduced citrus culture to Florida. The existing park property was part of the original Philippe plantation from which several citrus trees still remain. An Indian mound listed in the […]

Oelsner Mound

From this historical marker: “This Indian mound is all that remains of a late Weeden Island period community, probably settled about AD 1000 and inhabited for several hundred years. Excavations conducted in 1879 by S. T. Walker for the Smithsonian Institution indicated this was a temple mound. A nearby burial mound, excavated in 1903 by Clarence […]

May Stringer Heritage Museum

Built in 1856, this 12-room, 4-story Victorian mansion houses over 10,000 artifacts including many from excavations on the mounds at the Weeki Wachee Springs attraction. Docents provide guided tours. Internal Links: Lost Worlds: Florida Ancient Civilizations of Florida External Links: Le Moyne’s Florida Indians @ TheNewWorld.us May-Stringer Heritage Museum

Blue Spring State Park

The Thursby Mound is located in Blue Spring State Park.The Thursby Mound (named for landowners in the 19th Century) has produced some of Volusia County’s most interesting archaeological finds. Of these, several toylike pottery effigies of squash, gourds, acorns, and animals are remarkable. The mound itself also is special; it is a truncated cone about 12 […]

Hontoon Island State Park

The first inhabitants of the island were the Timucuan Indians. Snails gathered from the shallows of the St. Johns River were a staple food of these people. Through the years, the discarded shells accumulated to form large mounds on the island, one of which may be viewed on the park’s nature trail. Three remarkable artifacts […]

Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore contains several important Native American sites. Turtle Mound is the highest shell midden in the nation. This two-acre site contains over 35,000 cubic yards of oyster shell, extends more than six hundred feet along the Indian River shoreline, and stands about fifty feet tall. (In prehistoric times, it was at least seventy-five feet […]

Tomoka State Park

Remnants of St. Johns-period habitation can be found throughout the northern end of the Tomoka State Park peninsula, especially along the shorelines. Portions of once-extensive oyster middens remain here–a strategic point of land surrounded by rich lagoons and protected from hurricanes by an eastern barrier island. Documented in 1605 by Spanish diplomat Alvaro Mexia, a […]

Crystal River State Park

For 1,600 years, beginning around 200 B.C., these 14 acres were an imposing prehistoric ceremonial center for Florida’s Native Americans. These people traveled great distances to the complex to bury their dead with ceremony and to participate in trade activities. It is estimated that 7,500 Indians might have visited the complex annually. This six-mound complex, […]

Cedar Key Museum State Park

Cedar Key Museum State Park was established in 1962 and dedicated to St. Clair Whitman who operated the first museum in Cedar Key. Most of Mr. Whitman’s collections are displayed in the museum. These collections include exhibits on the Timucuan Indians. Internal Links: Ancient Civilizations of Florida External Links: Le Moyne’s Florida Indians @ TheNewWorld.us

Indian Temple Mound Museum

The museum houses interpretative exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation. Over 6,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay and shell are here, as well as the finest collection of Fort Walton Period ceramics in the Southeastern United States. Exhibits depict the four prehistoric cultural time periods whose artifacts have been recovered in the Northwest […]

San Marcos de Apalache State Park

The site’s history began in 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez arrived with 300 men. Having traveled overland from Tampa, Narvaez impressed by the area located at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks rivers, built and launched the first ships made by white men in the New World. In 1539, Hernando de Soto, along […]

Mission San Luis de Apalachee

Mission San Luis de Apalachee was the western capital of the mission system in La Florida from 1656 to 1704. The settlement boasted a population of over 1400 Apalachee Indians who resided at the hilltop mission center and in surrounding hamlets and farmsteads. San Luis was also the residence of a lieutenant governor, military garrison […]

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