Day 87: Learn about Mission San Luis

29 Mar

Mission San Luis is by far one of the coolest things to see and experience in Tallahassee. It sits on top of a hill on east Tallahassee not far from Florida State University. Mission San Luis was once home to Spanish settlers and Apalachee Indians. The two formed an alliance in the 1600s and shared communities together, though each lived in their own respective homes. The neat thing about Mission San Luis is that it sits exactly in the same spot it was in about 400 years ago. Archeologists have actually dug up where the homes stood and central plaza was located. The story of the mission is, like much of history, inspiring and sorrowful. The two groups got along pretty well, with many Apalachee women marrying Spanish men because they saw it as a sign of upward mobility. Then the British began invading Florida and the Apalachee and Spanish fled, never to live together again. The Mission San Luis museum helps tell this story by recreating the homes and other buildings the Apalachees and Spanish would have shared. There is a church, fort, friar’s house and round thatched roof council room the Apalachee used for meetings. Tour guides dress the part, wearing historical clothing. We paid $5 per person, which I consider a bargain. The museum has also taken pains to make sure kids would enjoy it.

Address: 2100 West Tennessee

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2 Responses to “Day 87: Learn about Mission San Luis”

  1. Kendra December 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Growing up in Tallahassee, I used to love going to what we called the “Indian Mounds.” If I remember correctly it’s somewhere off of North Monroe near Lake Jackson. Have no idea what it would be like now!

  2. Kendra December 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Ah, here you go: http://floridastateparks.org/lakejackson/default.cfm

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