Historical Markers in
Leon County, Florida

1963 Civil Rights Protest Jail Overflow Site Antonio Proctor, George Proctor, John Proctor Battle of Natural Bridge Bellevue Bernard F. Sliger / Doak Sheridan Campbell Capital City Country Club Capitol of Florida Capt. John Parkhill Chaires Historic District Chandler's Tourist Camp Coach Alonzo "Jake" Gaither Home Confederate Army Confederate Monument Dale Mabry Field Dale W. Lick De Soto Winter Encampment Site 1539~1540 Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Dr. John Gorrie Eastern Boundary of Lafayette Land Grant Elizabeth Blackwell Erno Dohnanyi Residence/Dohnányi Erno ház Florida A&M University Florida A&M University Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s Florida Liberty Bell Replica Florida Sri Chinmoy Peace State Goodwood Goodwood Mansion Governor John W. Martin House Governor William Dunnington Bloxham House 1844 / Governor Bloxham House Hickory Hill Cemetery of Welaunee Plantation Hippocrates His Dream Dies With Him Honoring Student Excellence Honoring the Confederate and Union Soldiers Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot James M. Buchanan John Gilmore Riley House John Robert Schrieffer Konrad Emil Bloch Lafayette Township Grant Lafayette Township Grant Land of the Apalachee Led by the Lure of Gold Leon County Leon County Civil War Monument Leon County's American Revolutionary War Soldiers Leon High School Lewis Bank Lucy Moten Elementary School Lynching in America / Lynching In Leon County Major General David Lang Miccosukee United Methodist Church Mission San Luis Mode L. Stone Building Myers Park Historic District Nature's Bridge Northern Boundary of Lafayette Land Grant Old Capitol of Florida Old City Cemetery Old Fort Braden School Old Fort Park Old Fort Park Old Pisgah Old Spanish Trail Highway Original Lincoln High School Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac Presbyterian Church Prince And Princess Murat Robert Sanderson Mulliken Rutgers House/Tallahassee Garden Club Center Saint Clement's Chapel ~ Church of The Advent Selection of Florida's Capital Sir Harold W. Kroto Site of the Pittman Boarding House/Willie and Carrie Pittman Southern Boundary of Lafayette Land Grant Tallahassee - St. Marks Railroad Tallahassee Capital of Florida The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Florida The Exchange Bank Building The Florida A&M University Hospital (1911-1971) The Florida A&M University Hospital (1911-1971) The Florida State University Campus The Integration Statue The Journey Ends The Knott House The Luraville Locomotive The Mission Of San Pedro y San Pablo de Patale The Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hill The Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Democrat The Taylor House The Union Bank of Florida The "Luraville Locomotive" Towle House Trinity United Methodist Church Under Cover of Corn Union Army USS Tallahassee Village of Miccosukee West Campus of the Florida State University-Tallahassee Branch the University of Florida Wilhelmina Jakes And Carrie Patterson: Initiators of The Tallahassee Bus Boycott Woman's Club of Tallahassee
The Florida State Capitol building in Tallahassee is the only state capitol in the United States that is taller than the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.
Leon County, located in the northwestern part of Florida, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The region was originally inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Apalachee and Creek tribes. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived in the area in the 16th century, followed by other European explorers, traders, and colonists.

In the early 19th century, the United States acquired Florida from Spain, and Leon County was established in 1824 as one of the original 14 counties of the new territory. The county was named after Juan Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who was the first European to arrive in Florida. Tallahassee, the current capital of Florida, was designated as the county seat.

Leon County played a significant role in the Civil War. The Battle of Natural Bridge, in 1865, saw Confederate forces successfully defend the capital from Union troops, making it one of the few Confederate victories in Florida. After the Civil War, the area underwent a period of reconstruction and the economy shifted towards agriculture, particularly cotton and tobacco.

In the 20th century, Leon County experienced significant growth, with the establishment of Florida State University (FSU) in 1851 and Florida A&M University (FAMU) in 1887. These universities brought an influx of students and contributed to the cultural and intellectual development of the area. Today, Leon County is known for its vibrant arts scene, diverse community, and natural beauty, with many parks, forests, and outdoor recreation areas.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Leon County, Florida.

  • 1824 - Leon County is established as one of the original counties in Florida.
  • 1825 - Tallahassee is established as the county seat.
  • 1837 - The first courthouse in Tallahassee is constructed.
  • 1856 - The first railroad, the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad, is completed in Leon County.
  • 1861-1865 - Leon County actively participates in the American Civil War.
  • 1886 - The first electric streetcar system is introduced in Tallahassee.
  • 1947 - Florida State University is established in Tallahassee.
  • 1958 - Leon County is desegregated as a result of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1977 - Tallahassee Regional Airport opens.
  • 1997 - The Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center (now known as the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center) is completed.