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We’re heading into the state capitol. Put on your hiking boots, ’cause you’re gonna be feeling like the von Trapps before you’re done.

We have to cover the inner outskirts. East first. Lincoln High School, founded as an all-black school right after the Civil War. It’s been a pending NRHP for quite a while now. South is the Winterle House, which you can kind of see from the road. (see Google map)

Back east yet further in is the Goodwood Plantation. Very well maintained, it is. Close by it the Los Robles neighborhood, with three NRHPs. Then west to the Woman’s Working Band House, a new NRHP. It’s… I don’t know what to make of it, really. (see Google map)

Further west is an old black cemetery, started in the early 1900s when the city no longer allowed blacks to be buried in the main cemetery. Then there’s Lichgate on High Road. It must have been a residence with a good amount of property. Now it’s a park, with a huge oak that must be at least 200 years old. (see Google map)

After that, you can visit the city’s NHL, Mission San Luis. It’s the site of an old Spanish mission, part of a string that stretched from St. Augustine to Pensacola. Unfortunately it was closed when I was there, so I’ll have to get back to see inside.

Oh, there’s an excuse to visit Tallahassee again. Mmm, Bradley’s Country Store. (see Google map)

Now it’s time to visit the pride of Tallahassee. Well, one of the prides of Tallahassee. Is the state government one of them? Anyway, what I’m talking about is Florida State University.

I’m sure there are a number of historic buildings on campus. Yet no part of FSU is a historic district. FAMU has one. Heck, UF has one. But not FSU.

The FSU historic sites I do know are listed below, along with some that are close by. (see Google map)

I mentioned FAMU, and since it’s close, that’s next. You can’t drive onto campus easily, so you’ll have to park nearby to check out the historic district part. (see Google map)

Over to the southeast. A good place to stop at is the old Governor Martin House. It’s now the home of the B. Calvin Jones Center for Archaeology, part of the state’s Bureau of Archaeological Research. Helpful folks there can get you historical info about the area.

Cascades Park was pretty torn up when last I was there, not much more than a pile of dirt. I don’t know how long before it’s pretty again. (see Google map)

North side of town now. Next door to each other are the old Grove Plantation and the Governor’s Mansion, both NRHPs. I think there are tours of the mansion, but you’d have to make arrangements before you get there. It’s not like you can just walk in. (see Google map)

After that, go south. Everything else is in and around downtown Tallahassee. Park in three or four strategic spots and you can walk to all of them easily. Well, there are some steep hills that take some effort to climb. But that’s another benefit, since you’re exercising your body and your mind while you’re touring.

A unique feature is the linear park system. There are long strips of grass and trees that run east-west through the heart of the city. The Park Avenue Historic District contains one. The closest thing I’ve seen to them are the parks scattered around downtown Savannah. But they’re square, not long and rectangular.

A terrific place to get far more information than I’m providing here is in the old Capitol Building. You can also appreciate the interior design, and if it’s hot outside, the air conditioning. Should you want more general information, you can go to the big building behind it. The new Capitol Building, I think, or a courthouse. One of the five state visitor centers is inside. It’s an important government building, though, so you’ll have to go through security. Not a big deal; it’s quick and the security people were quite nice. (see Google map)

As usual, there’s bunches more places I could have mentioned. You’ll see it as you wander about. Use the resources I’ve mentioned, either when you get there or beforehand. I think you’ll have a swell time rambling through our capitol city. Keep hydrated, and see you on the road!

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