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Constitution Convention Museum State Park

 Activities at Constitution Convention Museum State Park

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

A self-guided tour will take you through displays and exhibits of the era of the late 1830s, referencing life in the town of St. Joseph. Railroad moguls mixed with high society in this prosperous time. It was this affluence that brought the state’s first Constitution Convention to the town of St. Joseph in 1838. A replicated convention hall takes you into the debate among convention delegates Robert Raymond Reid, William P. Duvall, David Y. Levy and Thomas L Baltzell. These life-size, audio-animated mannequins bring a realistic touch to the pomp and circumstance of drafting a state constitution.

Museum

Museum

More than 150 years ago, St. Joseph was selected over Tallahassee (the territorial capital) as the site of the state’s Constitution Convention. The first of Florida’s five constitutions was drafted by a convention that met on December 3, 1838. By working diligently for 34 days, the elected delegates hammered out a framework for Florida’s future and finished their work on January 11, 1839. The Territorial Legislative Council had called the convention without congressional authorization after a referendum election in 1837 showed a territory-wide majority in favor of statehood. Visit the museum and 14-acre park to learn about the territory when its constitution was written. Located just outside of historic Port St. Joe, the museum displays provide insight into a time when Florida was only a territory.

Tours

Tours

Please contact the park directly and in advance to have a Ranger-guided tour of the museum, or to have a Ranger visit your school.