A drive through the Gulf Coast in Florida will direct you to unreal landscapes. However, there is a place that looks like you just arrived to a little town in Mexico. Mission San Luis is a 17th-century historic site featuring the remains from the Apalachee and Spanish villagers.
The historic attraction is located near I-10 in west Tallahassee and is a must-visit in Florida. Archeologist have shed light on what used to be this area with the remains of bones of pigs, chickens, cattle, sheep, and horses in trash pits.
It is believed that the Spanish brought herbs and spices providing one of the first fusion cuisine in the state of Florida. Spanish pottery has also been found during the excavations which explains the Spanish influence in the Sunshine State.
After St. Augustine was attacked and burned, the English moved west burning down the small Spanish mission villages along the way. Despite the sad history, this is a place worth visiting to understand the expansion of other cultures in Florida.
Mission San Luis provides group tours highlighting San Luis' past. During the tour you will explore reconstructed colonial buildings, Indian remains, the gardens and the blended culture of the Apalachee and Spanish in action.
According to Mark Ard, Mission San Luis "Is a cool place to hang out. It's a living history museum set in the 1700s."
This landmark offers various workshops throughout the year from musket and canon-firing to basket weaving and historic cooking.
History lovers will take advantage of this site for its unique scenery and rich past. A travel into Florida's past that gives a vision to the future.
Mission San Luis
Address: 2100 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Why you need to go: This historic landmark has a rich history and one of the most unique landscapes set in the 17th century.