Wakulla County is definitely the ‘natural place to be’, but it also captures the experience of a nation. Spanish explorers, former Presidents, Native American uprising, a battle for liberty, Tarzan, and creatures from the black lagoon – its all here!
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park has a wealth of history dating as far back as 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez arrived here with his soldiers. General Andrew Jackson and his troops once occupied this National Landmark before he became America’s 7th President. The museum, complete with artifacts, is a must see for anyone interested in the early history of Florida.
The Natural Bridge Historic Site
The Natural Bridge Historic Site commemorates the location where a well-noted turning point took place during the Civil War. Its name refers to an area where water runs underground for a few hundred feet before emerging again, creating a ‘natural bridge’ of land between the two. Early pioneers called these areas ‘rises’. During the final weeks of the Civil War, the Battle of Natural Bridge safeguarded Tallahassee as the only Confederate capitol east of the Mississippi River.
The St. Marks Lighthouse
The St. Marks Lighthouse has weathered more than its share of storms – by nature as well as man. It was under attack by Indians during the Seminole War in the early 1800’s, and was later bombed – during the Civil War – by Confederate soldiers.
Believed to be one of the largest and deepest fresh water springs in the world, Wakulla Springs remains one of Florida’s most popular tourists attractions. The Wakulla Springs Lodge, incorporating both Spanish-Moorish and art deco motifs, is an architectural masterpiece designed by Edward Ball, Florida business tycoon, who purchased the area in 1934, opening it to the public as a retreat where he entertained the rich and famous. Several early Tarzan films were shot here, as well as the 1954 horror classic, Creature From the Black Lagoon