Historical Markers

Overview of the Florida Historical Marker Program

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Criteria for Florida Historical Markers

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.

To be recognized as either a Florida Heritage Site or Florida Heritage Landmark a resource must meet the following criteria:

Florida Heritage Site

  • To qualify as a Florida Heritage Site a building, structure or site must be at least 30 years old and have significance in the areas of architecture, archaeology, Florida history or traditional culture, or be associated with a significant event that took place at least 30 years ago.
  • Resources associated with a historically significant person may qualify as a Florida Heritage Site 30 years after the death of the individual or 30 years after the event with which the person is associated.
  • The resource should visibly retain those physical characteristics that were present during the period for which it or the associated person is significant.
  • A moved building or structure may qualify as a Florida Heritage Site if the move was made 30 or more years ago, or the move was made to preserve the resource from demolition and reasonable attempts were made to ensure that the new setting is similar to the historical setting.

Florida Heritage Landmark

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  • To qualify as a Florida Heritage Landmark a building, structure or site must be at least 50 years old and have regional or statewide significance in the areas of architecture, archaeology, Florida history or traditional culture, or be associated with an event of statewide or national significance that took place at least 50 years ago.
  • Resources associated with persons of regional or statewide historical significance may be recognized with Florida Heritage Landmark status 50 after the death of the individual or 50 years after the historical event with which the person is associated.
  • In certain cases, resources that are less than 50 years old but are significant at the statewide or national level also may qualify as a Florida Heritage Landmark.
  • The resource should visibly retain those physical characteristics that were present during the period for which it or the associated person is significant. A moved building or structure may still qualify as a Florida Heritage Landmark if the move was made 50 or more years ago, or the move was made to preserve the resource from demolition and reasonable attempts were made to ensure that the new setting is similar to the historical setting.

Marker Funding

Normally, individuals and for profit organizations must bear the full cost of paying for historical markers and plaques, but when funds are available state and local governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations may apply for matching grants to defray half the cost of markers and plaques. However, marker applications must be approved by the State Historical Marker Council before a grant application may be submitted. Visit the Historic Preservation Grants Program web page for more information.

Contact Information

Michael Hart
State Historical Marker Coordinator
850.245.6333 or 1.800.847.7278
michaelhart@dos.myflorida.com

Department of State
Division of Historical Resources
Bureau of Historic Preservation
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street, Room 422
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250
Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday