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Address: 15 Fort Mose Trl, St. Augustine, FL 32084-1165
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+1 904-823-2232
09:00 - 17:00
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This fort is the first sanctioned settlement of black people in the U.S.

This fort is the first sanctioned settlement of black people in the U.S.

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An absolute must for the history buff

Little know facts about our history and way of life in the early years of colonization. Crucial in the free black history of Florida

Reviewed 3 days ago
St. Augustine, Florida
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St. Augustine, Florida
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Little know facts about our history and way of life in the early years of colonization. Crucial in the free black history of Florida

Thank 89Jerry1950
Winter Park, Florida
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Since the fort was wooden, nothing remains. Try to coordinate your visit with a reenactment event. (Happens often - contact them for when.) The place is HIGHLY significant in black history, being the first officially-sanctioned black community in continental U.S. The museum is small but fascinating.

Thank Bill M
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were strongly encouraged to visit this museum while in St.Augustine. Here you will have the opportunity to interact as you are educated on hidden African American history. There is a small fee ($2.00 pp). My only disappointment is that this is not mentioned nor toured during the Old Town Trolley tours. History is where we ALL come from and... More 

Thank Deneen W
St. Augustine, Florida
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5 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great little historic park tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown St Augustine. Ft Mose is a well kept piece of local history with an elevated walkway over the marsh and also has a dock for kayaks and canoes. Some great bird viewing during nesting season.

Thank jagppixx
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't been inside the museum yet, but signs along the sidewalk tell a story most Americans will never know. Also a nice place to overlook the river basin and coastal flora.

Thank Brian A
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This state park brings to light a southern branch of the "Underground Railroad", where escaped slaves were welcomed and accepted into the St.Augustine community. They were given the Fort Mose area to live in, in exchange for their assistance in the defense of the city.

Thank Donald J
Gainesville, Florida
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visit St.Augustine all of the time but had not yet visited Fort Mose. We didn't spend very much time here but enjoyed learning a little bit more history on the area and a walk out on the board walk. Saw a couple of crabs but didn't spy any birds on this visit.

Thank AmberAtTheZoo
Saint Thomas, Canada
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Really enjoyed visiting here and finding out about some part of history that I had no idea about. It ties in with the fort in St. Augustine and would be best to visit here first then there.

Thank nelix_ca
Stillwater, MN
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We actually kayaked to Fort Mose!! What a great visitors center, interpretive, with a short film explaining the role of Florida in the early history of slavery. The ranger was very helpful, they had a picnic area and a view of the marshes to do some great bird watching.

Thank Katfwilson
Saint Petersburg
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is history which I was not taught when in high school over fifty (50) years ago. That there existed a colony of free black Americans who served as the militia unit guarding the Spanish held city of St. Augustine. That King Carlos III of Spain granted any black slave who escaped the U.S. territory freedom if they converted to... More 

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