Constitution Convention Museum State Park

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Constitution Convention Museum State Park

Florida

(850) 229-8029

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Find out about the beginnings of Florida's statehood at Constitution Convention Museum State Park. 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.The original settlement in St. Joseph lasted only nine years, but was a boomtown when it was founded 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. 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.

The museum visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Latitude, Longitude: 29.793814, -85.295840

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There is not so much a hike as a tour around the museum, which is very neat.

  • Historic Sites

    More than 150 years ago, St. Joseph was selected over Tallahassee (the territorial capital) as the site of the state's Constitution Convention. The first of Florida's five constitutions was drafted by a convention that met on December 3, 1838. By working diligently for 34 days, the elected delegates hammered out a framework for Florida's future and finished their work on January 11, 1839. Located just outside of historic Port St. Joe, the museum displays give insight into a time when Florida was only a territory. A replicated convention hall takes you into the debate among convention delegates Robert Raymond Reid, William P. Duvall, David Y. Levy and Thomas L Baltzell. These life-size, audio-animated mannequins bring a realistic touch to the pomp and circumstance of drafting a state constitution.

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Driving

Constitutional Convention Museum State Park is located in Port St. Joe, off U.S. 98.

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(850) 229-8029

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