Description - St. Joseph was a boom town created in 1835 to compete with the town of Apalachicola as a trading port city. It grew to a population of 12,000, but vanished within nine years after suffering economic problems, a deadly yellow fever epidemic and finally a destructive hurricane. Today, the museum commemorates the work of the 56 territorial delegates.
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Constitution Convention State Museum
- The Constitution Convention State Museum is the site of Florida's first state convention. The Constitution Convention as well as the vanished city of St. Joseph are featured in the museum at Port St. Joe.
A Constitution monument was erected on the grounds in 1922 and bears the names of the convention delegates engraved in marble. A museum building was added to the 13.5-acre site and opened to the public in 1955. A self-guided tour will lead you through the convention hall where the convention setting is recreated with life-size delegates. Audio-animated mannequins portray Territorial Governors Robert Reid and William P. Duval, Senator David Y. Levy and Attorney Thomas L. Baltzell.
Recreation - The museum visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. A nominal fee is charged for museum visitors six years of age and older. Special interpretive programs and tours designed for groups can be arranged.
Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.
Constitutional Convention State Museum is located in northwest Florida off U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe and southwest of Tallahassee.