Spring is finally here, and there is nothing more fulfilling than the fragrance of fresh air, a cool blowing breeze, and a relaxing stroll through Historic Pensacola Village. Whether you are a local or visitor to Pensacola, exploring over 450 years of history among some 22 historical landmarks, buildings, and museums is a tour for both young and old to enjoy.
If you choose to tour the village, expect at least one to two hours walking and exploring the various landmarks. Historic Pensacola Village Tours begin at 205 East Zaragoza Street at the Tivoli House. The tour begins with costumed guides taking visitors on a trip through various parts of the village. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a number of historical sites, from archeological excavations dating back to Pensacola’s Colonial era, to Colonial homes and mansions.
Important sites along the route include:
The Tivoli House The Tivoli House was reconstructed in 1976 for the bicentennial using photographs and archaeological finds of the original 1805 boarding and gaming house.
The Lear-Rocheblave House A two-story Folk Victorian home built in 1890 for John and Kate Lear, but never occupied by the couple. It was Captain Rocheblave and his family who became the owners during the turn-of-the-century.
The Lavalle House The Lavalle House was built in 1805 during Spanish period by Carlos Lavalle and Marianna Bonifay. Visitors can experience life as it was lived in Pensacola before the city became part of the United States.
Old Christ Church Completed in 1832, Old Christ Church is one of the oldest surviving church structures remaining in Florida. Union troops occupied the building during the Civil War.
The Clara Barkley Dorr House The Clara Barkley Dorr House, built in 1871, is a good example of post-Civil War architecture.
The Barkley House Built around 1825, the Barkley House is located on Pensacola Bay in the Historic Pensacola Village district. Visitors will learn the history of this beautiful structure and the Barkley family that inhabited the house. The house is one of several believed to be haunted.
Manuel Barrios Cottage (formerly known as Weaver’s Cottage) Built around 1888, the two room cottage with a pyramid-shaped roof was a popular type of residence during the 19th century.
Julee Cottage Built around 1805, the cottage is similar to New Orleans French Quarter’s Creole cottages. It is the only remaining structure exemplifying a form of Creole architecture.
Other popular attractions include The Museum of Industry, The Museum of Commerce, The Pensacola Historical Museum and The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum.
Among the ruins are the remains of fortifications built between 1752 and 1821 by the British that once occupied the buildings during the American Revolution.
For more information on tours and schedule visit Historic Pensacola Village.