Hello and welcome to San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park. Now is a great time to visit this beautiful little park located where the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers come together in the small town of St. Marks. The park preserves the architectural remains and tells the story of soldiers and citizens that protected Florida since the Spanish Period through the Civil War. This tiny piece of...
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The many different flags flying over San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park welcome visitors to the park and demonstrate the colorful history of this site, from the Spanish explorers to the present day. The history of this National Landmark dates back to 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez arrived in the area with 300 men; however, the first fort was not built until 1679. Andrew Jackson occupied the fort for a brief time in the early 1800s. The US Navy started bbuilding a Marine Hospital in the early 1850's to treat sailors with yellow fever. During the American Civil War, Confederates took control of the Fort and renamed it Fort Ward.