Buckle up, roll down the windows and drift back in time… across cobblestone streets, over winding roads, beneath old oak trees, down on Main Street and across Historic Alachua County. Historical markers abound in Alachua County, we have more than 90 that cast a sepia-toned light on our storied past.

Explore Historic Alachua is an interactive nexus of archival significance, commemorating that which deserves memory. This database combines the National Register of Historic Places and Florida Historical Markers for all of Alachua County.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. For more information, visit: https://www.nps.gov/nr/

The Florida Historical Marker Program recognizes historic resources, persons and events that are significant in the areas of architecture, archaeology, Florida history and traditional culture by promoting the placing of historic markers and plaques at sites of historical and visual interest to visitors. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the state and to enhance the enjoyment of historic sites in Florida by its citizens and tourists. For more information, visit: http://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/historical-markers/

Explore Alachua Historic Alachua County is made possible through a grant from Visit Florida and managed through the City of Gainesville, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

Large metal markers, inscribed with great care, stand as testaments to our history and our legacy; beacons from the past guiding our future. Close your eyes. Now open them. Surprise, you’re in a time machine! Let’s Explore Historic Alachua County!