Hernando deSoto Winter Encampment Site
1001 deSoto Park Drive, Tallahassee 32301 Leon County (850) 245-6340

This 6-acre archaeological site is located in Tallahassee a mile east of the state capitol. It is the only place that the Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, is confirmed to have visited during his 1539-1540 expedition of the Southeastern United States. De Soto’s party camped during its first winter at this site, occupying the large Apalache village of Anhaica. Artifacts from site excavations are displayed inside the Martin House, which is located on the property. This 1930’s structure was built by Florida Governor John Martin and currently serves as offices for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research. Buildings are open 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday. The outside is always accessible; it is a park-like setting with display panels.

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