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Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance
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Mission San Luis
A Living History Village & National Landmark

Mission San Luis is a carefully coordinated project that combines long-term cultural resource management, historic preservation, humanities research, and interpretation. It also capitalizes on the rich potential of archeological resources for heritage tourism and public education to promote awareness of Florida's Spanish colonial missions.

The State of Florida acquired the property in 1983. Little was known about Mission San Luis at that time, but two decades of exhaustive archeological and historical research revealed a great deal about the physical and cultural life of the mission. For example, the enormous Apalachee council house was directly across the square from the Franciscan church. Unlike the norm in English colonies, the Spanish and Indian peoples intermarried and blended cultures to a remarkable extent.

Modern day visitors to Mission San Luis discover a re-created community where time stands still. There they meet the people of San Luis going about the tasks that sustained life centuries ago. They walk the plaza where the Apalachees played their traditional ball games. They visit the most important structure in the Apalachee village, the council house, and also stop at the home of the Spanish Deputy Governor. Visitors are welcomed at the church built under the supervision of Franciscans and at the friary where they lived. Mission San Luis is a very special place where history comes to life.

Mission San Luis:
2100 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee