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“All Americans should visit this significant spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fort Mose

Fort Mose
Ranked #58 of 181 things to do in St. Augustine
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Owner description: This fort is the first sanctioned settlement of black people in the U.S.
space coast, Florida
Level Contributor
47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“All Americans should visit this significant spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Fort Mose is just north of the tourist district, but seems to be many miles and many centuries away. A small but very well-done museum welcomes visitors to explore the grounds. Alas, the passage of time has washed away the fort itself, but excellent interpretive displays and a little imagination can combine to conjure up the first settlement of free black people in the southern region. Be warned, it is very hot and buggy in the warmer weather. A visit in winter or early spring is ideal, but it is worth the visit at any time. Last Saturday of each month hosts a neat living history program, where staff and volunteers help bring the past to life.

Visited October 2012
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English first
St. Augustine, Florida
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“History is...History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

While this beautiful little area doesn't have much to offer as far as entertainment value, it does interest the more avid historian regarding the use of African Americans in St. Augustine throughout history. Give it a shot, but don't bet the kids will remain occupied for very long.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank DeeLee2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of American History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

This museum shares a bit of untold history that you would not find in the history books. I left the museum feeling like I had a little unknown treasure that had been hidden for years. Although the fort is no longer there, after walking thru the small museum,reading and listening to the audio, walking out in the open field in the back, you can't help but wonder what life was like back then. I hope they unearth more information about this African American Community of Freedom. My family and I enjoyed and appreciated our visit to the Museum including my 6 year old daughter.

Visited July 2012
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St. Augustine, Florida
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74 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Awesome Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

The museum is small but fantastic, They had re-enactments the day we were there and it was fun, entertaining and educational.

Visited March 2012
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Thank Davejames07
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St. Augustine, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great History Lesson”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

While in historic St Augustine, Fort Mose is worth the trip. The park is beautiful and well worth the short drive.

Visited March 2012
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