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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

 About San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

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Rob Lacy, Manager

Over 300 visitors came down to St. Marks on Saturday, October 26th, to learn about Archaeology by joining the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks and the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) in celebrating International Archaeology Day events at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park. The event was held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the park on the same day as the City of St. Marks Annual Stone Crab Festival and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge's Monarch Butterfly Festival. The event included kids activities such as Native American pottery making, flint-knapping, and spear throwing. Speakers were Madeleine Carr, Wakulla County-based historian, Joe Knetsch, Tallahassee-based historian, and Steven “Drew” Wise, NPS SEAC archeologist. Other booths and activities included the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Viva Florida 500!, Spanish Colonial and Civil War Era Living History, and more. Theater with a Mission performed throughout the day. Florida State Parks staff, including archaeological and biological professionals, were on-hand to discuss interpretation and management of the site. This was the first time this event was held at San Marcos and plans are already in the works to do it again next year.


Other events are planned for the not-too-distant future, including a full-scale production of Theater with a Mission's "Nuevo Mundo" and a discussion with author Dale Cox on his new book "Milly Francis: The Life and Times of the Creek Pochahantas". In the meantime, come visit San Marcos to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, soak up some 500 years of history, or now that the fishing is picking back up, wet a line out at Tucker's Point and catch some mangrove snapper, sheepshead or maybe even a redfish!












For more information on San Marcos please call the park office at (850) 922-6007.


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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is located in St. Marks, off State Road 363, on Old Fort Road.


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