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Intriguing Florida History Stories

Lets face it - the backbone of the history of the United States is "Local History." Following are various stories about local Florida history that prove grassroots efforts, local research and oral histories compiled by local citizens and local historians can make a difference that extends beyond local and state borders as many times these stories have national, and sometimes international, significance as well.

America’s First Black Town was Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (two miles to the north of St. Augustine).

Bill McCoy (“The Real McCoy”) Prohibition’s Celebrity Rum Runner

Bunnell Coquina City Hall

Bunnell Water Tower

Daytona Beach’s Once Iconic and Controversial Space Needle

Daytona Beach’s Unaesthetic Sightseeing Tower (1963-1983)

Downtown Daytona began as a charming, picturesque place to live

Flagler City and the Florida Land Boom and Bust of the 1920s

Florida Under Four Flags: Ormond - Indian Legends

Help Preserve Safety Harbor History

Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913) - The Story of Flagler County's Namesake

History and Preservation of Daytona Beach's Unique Coquina Clock Tower

Joseph Marion Hernandez's St. Joseph's Plantation

Korona's Historic St. Mary Catholic Church - (built 1914)

Life In Tallahassee, Florida in The 1950s – Black, White and Red All Over - Benjamin L. 'Red' Kerce's photographic record of a Florida city show us a city in turmoil


Local archaeologists in race against time to preserve Florida's history

Marco Polo Park - The Short-Lived Local Theme Park 

Museum preserving local maritime history

The Nathan Cobb  Cottage - Built in 1897 from a Salvaged Shipwreck

New book traces history of Flagler’s black residents

Northwest Florida State College Donates Land to Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

Orange County builds a replica of Fort Christmas (a Second Seminole War fortification)

Our History Matters: You’ve probably never heard of Camp Murphy. That was the point.

Palatka's Fort Shannon

Seabreeze Boulevard was once the center of the town of Seabreeze (now part of Daytona Beach)

Second Seminole War (1835-1842) Forts, Blockhouses and Fortifications in the Volusia and Flagler County Area

Tampa’s Ybor City was once known as the “Cigar Capital of the World"

Tarragona Tower - An Intriguing Local Landmark

The Tomoka Mound and Midden Complex: A National Treasure

The Holden House Museum Centennial (1918-2018)

WPA-Built Flagler County Jail

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