Leaving Old Town, we headed north for our last campground of our trip, The county park just west of Tallahassee, where we will get our 40K chassis service before driving home.
Along the way is the San Marcos De Apalache NationalHistoric site. This small site is located in the village of St Marks, Fl. The town itself has an interesting history beginning with its formation by an act of Congress to ensure a transportation hub before the railroads arrived.
This historic site has been a part of international and national history for over 400 years. The first Spanish garrison arrived in 1680 as a defensive position on this small piece of land that overlooks the converging of two rivers and the Gulf of Mexico. Remnants of the wooden stockade are still visible today. In 1758, a hurricane landed and destroyed the fortifications and drowned the entire garrison. In 1759, they attempted to built a stone stockade but soon abandoned it and the Native tribes took over the site as a trading post and meeting place.
As the struggle for control of North American continued between the European countries and the Colonists, the Spanish retook the site 1783. General Andrew Jackson seized the site in 1819, effectively ending the Spanish role. In 1821 it became a US possession when most of FL was purchased from Spain.
Finally, it was occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The Confederates successfully defended it from a Federal naval assault near the end of the war.
Today there is remnants of this four hundred year history to be seen on guided walking paths and in the small museum on site. There is a short but very interesting film on the history. Even if history is not on the top of your list, it is a beautiful location to see the two rivers merge at the Gulf. Definitely worth a visit.
We made our way to the Coes Landing county park off route 20 on Lake Talquin. Some of the spots were a bit tight but right along the lake. It was close to the dealership for our service the next morning. We found a level site along the water and enjoyed a quiet night.