Local History Resources

Although St. Johns County did not exist until 1821, the written history of this area goes back more than 450 years. First settled by the Spanish in 1565, Florida was transferred to British control in 1763 as part of the Treaty of Paris which ended the Seven Years War. British occupation only lasted 20 years before Florida returned to Spanish control in 1783 as a result of the American Revolution. It didn’t last long either. In 1821, Florida became a territory of the United States. It would become a state in 1845.


Museums and Historical Sites

  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument The Castillo is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. It was never captured in battle. Today it is a national monument maintained by the National Park Service.
  • Father O’Reilly House Museum One of the oldest buildings in the town, it served as the Catholic rectory in the late 18th century.