Living history exhibits and reenactments make Tallahassee’s rich history even more meaningful. Ongoing activities include personal insights into the area’s early Spanish Colonial period, the Civil War and daily life of early pioneers.
Mission San Luis offers daily insight into the lives of the Apalachee Indians and 17th century Spanish life. The 60-acre national historic landmark includes demonstrations at the impressive, reconstructed Apalachee Council House, Spanish dwellings and fort. Special programs throughout the year include cooking demonstrations, musket and cannon firing and craft activities for children.
The 2nd Infantry Regiment United States Colored Troops Living History Association is an affiliate of the John G. Riley House Center and Museum of African American History and Culture. It promotes the history of the Civil War and the African-American presence in Pre-War, War and Post-War events, particularly those in Florida. The Association pays tribute to those African-American soldiers who fought with the Union forces in many battles throughout the state, settled throughout Florida and played a major role in Florida’s Reconstruction.
Nestled within its 52-acre, natural setting, the Tallahassee Museum includes several historic dwellings and structures that provide insight into pioneer life in the Big Bend region. Throughout the year, period re-enactors provide insight into daily pioneer life, farm activities ranging from canning tomatoes and making peach preserves to blacksmithing.