Constitution Convention Museum State Park
Constitution Convention Monument
Museum Mannequin
Museum grounds vista to St. Joe Bay
Florida's first Constitution
Monument view from museum
Florida's first railroad engine
Calling of Florida's Constitution Convention
Photo of the Constitution Convention Museum building
Photo of the Constituion Convention Monument
Photo of the manikins in the mock convention room
Photo of the vista from the convention monument to St. Joe Bay
Photo of the display showing a copy of Florida's first Constitution
Photo looking out of museum toward monument
Photo of Florida's first railroad engine
Photo of a museum display "calling of the constitution convention"

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Constitution Convention Museum State Park

Welcome to Constitution Convention Museum State Park

The Constitution Convention Museum highlights Florida's first constitution which was drafted in the Town of St. Joseph.   Artifacts from the original settlement in St. Joseph are displayed.  The original town of St. Joseph, which lasted only nine years, was a boomtown in 1835 and competed with Apalachicola as a Gulf Coast trading port. During its short life, the city was selected over Tallahassee to host Florida's first State Constitution Convention. The museum, which sits on a portion of the park's 12 acres, commemorates the work of the 56 territorial delegates who drafted Florida's first constitution in 1838. Following four more constitution conventions, Florida was finally admitted to the Union in 1845 as the 27th state. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through displays and exhibits of the era. A replicated convention hall takes visitors into the debate of delegates Robert Raymond Reid, William P. Duvall, David Y. Levy and Thomas L Baltzell. These life-size, audio-animated mannequins bring a realistic demonstration of the debate and process of drafting a state constitution.

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