Unbeknownst to many, Pensacola was the first European settlement in the New World during the Age of Discovery. In 1559, Don Tristan de Luna, a Spanish explorer, sailed into Pensacola Bay.
Today, there have been tireless efforts to preserve the history in Historic Pensacola Village. 27 of the properties in the village are registered in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. Since some people actually live in these homes, only 11 of them are open to the public.
One of the unique dwellings in the Historic Pensacola Village is the Julee Cottage. The cottage was built and occupied in 1805 by Julee Panton, who was a free, working-class woman of color in Pensacola. The cottage is completely furnished and open to the public for walking tours. The walls are lined with documents, photos, and facts about the home and early 1800’s Pensacola.
Just a short distance from Julee Cottage is Old Christ Church, Florida’s oldest standing church. Built in 1832, the brilliantly white exterior of the church and ornate interior have been meticulously preserved over the years. Today, the church is not only a Pensacola landmark but a popular wedding venue and active museum.
If you find yourself scrambling or worried that you will miss out on some of the rich histories of Pensacola, the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum is your one-stop hub for all things Pensacola. With plenty of maps, artifacts, and walls packed full of Pensacola history, you’re sure to leave the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum a Pensacola history expert.
And if there are little ones in your group, the Pensacola Children’s Museum has plenty of fun and interactive ways for children under ten years old to learn about the history of Pensacola.
Come see what history awaits in Historic Pensacola Village.
Junior Copywriter, Innisfree Hotels