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The largest all-masonry fort in the United States, (Credit: National Parks Service)

The largest all-masonry fort in the United States, Fort Jefferson, lies on a island in the Dry Tortugas group 70 miles west of Key West. The bastion was used as a federal prison in and after the Civil War and now is part of Dry Tortugas National Park.

Historic Florida

With Florida celebrating its 500th anniversary, here are some historic sites to visit.

The largest all-masonry fort in the United States,
(Credit: National Parks Service)

The largest all-masonry fort in the United States, Fort Jefferson, lies on a island in the Dry Tortugas group 70 miles west of Key West. The bastion was used as a federal prison in and after the Civil War and now is part of Dry Tortugas National Park.

Ca d'Zan, in Sarasota, Fla., is an elaborate
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Ca d'Zan, in Sarasota, Fla., is an elaborate Venetian-style villa modeled in part after the Doge's Palace in Venice and built by circus magnate John Ringling and his wife Mable. The 56-room house and art museum are open for touring.

Visitors approach the entrance to the Ernest Hemingway
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Visitors approach the entrance to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla. Hemingway lived in the house from 1931 through 1939 and wrote many of his manuscripts in the property's second-story writing studio. The Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author owned the property until his death in 1961. (March 14, 2010)

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A Model T stands in front of the
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A Model T stands in front of the Henry Ford Estate in Fort Myers, Fla., adjacent to the home of inventor Thomas A. Edison. A variety of tour options are available.

Phonographs are on display inside the Thomas A.
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Phonographs are on display inside the Thomas A. Edison home in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Castillo de San Marcos, built in the
(Credit: National Parks Service)

The Castillo de San Marcos, built in the late 1600s and now a national park, is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States and sits on the shore of Matanzas Bay in St. Augustine, Fla.

The Castillo de San Marcos sits on the
(Credit: National Parks Service)

The Castillo de San Marcos sits on the shore of Matanzas Bay in St. Augustine, Fla.

Presentations and historical re-enactments are regularly given by
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Presentations and historical re-enactments are regularly given by rangers and living-history volunteers at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Fla.

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Visitors tour the Castillo de San Marcos, a
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Visitors tour the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort built by the Spanish of the stone coquina in the late 1600s.

Re-enactors portray the Spanish military at Castillo de
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Re-enactors portray the Spanish military at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Fla.

The Castillo de San Marcos is on Matanzas
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The Castillo de San Marcos is on Matanzas Bay in St. Augustine, Fla.

Carriage tours can be picked up along King
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Carriage tours can be picked up along King Street in St. Augustine, Fla.

A statue of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon
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A statue of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon stands at the foot of the Bridge of Lions in the Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine, Fla.

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Made from coquina stones, the City Gates and
(Credit: Handout, 2008)

Made from coquina stones, the City Gates and Cubo Line have served as the main entrance to St. Augustine, Fla., since the 17th century.

The skyline of St. Augustine, Fla., is a
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The skyline of St. Augustine, Fla., is a combination of architectural styles from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Hotels that Florida developer Henry Flagler built in
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Hotels that Florida developer Henry Flagler built in the late 1800s started the state on its way to becoming a major tourist destination. In St. Augustine, his Spanish Renaissance Revival-style Ponce de Leon Hotel, which today is Flagler College, is a national landmark.

Visitors shop along St. George Street in St.
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Visitors shop along St. George Street in St. Augustine, Fla.

A leather works at the Colonial Quarters in
(Credit: Handout, 2013)

A leather works at the Colonial Quarters in St. Augustine, Fla., is a two-acre living-history museum created by the University of Florida.

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