Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say).

More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original "Underground Railroad" which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom, if they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain and joind the Catholic Church.

Fort Mose was the northern defense of St.Augustine, the nation's oldest city.

The events that took place here should cause all American history textbooks to be rewritten.

Partnering with you to preserve history

We invite you to join us as a partner in bringing life to the story of Fort Mose and its people.  Only through your generosity and with your support, can we  accomplish this goal. 
Our work to tell this remarkable story has only just begun.
We invite you to help tell the story. Become a partner today.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to become involved with Fort Mose Historical Society.  Our monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the State Park Museum at 5:30.  Come join us and see how you can help tell the story.
Living History

   Living History

     Living history events take place at Fort Mose
     throughout the year...

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Help Us Build Our Wall

  Help Us Build Our Wall

   We have started our fund raising efforts to construct
   the 1738 Fort's bastian wall. Our goal is to...

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events...

4th Annual Fort Mose Historical Society Golf Tournament June 6th, 2016

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Fort Mose
Historic State Park

15 Fort Mose Trail
St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 823-2232


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Park is open daily 9:00 - 5:00

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