Fort Mose is the site of the first legally-sanctioned free African American settlement. While the fort itself no longer stands, the site it stood on still feels full of the groundbreaking history that was made there.
Guests can stroll along the scenic boardwalk and take in the landscape where the fort once stood. A visitor center and museum are available, so you can further explore and learn more about the site's history.
History of Fort Mose
In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosa, or Fort Mose. This was the very first of its kind because it was built specifically for slaves fleeing the English colonies in the Carolinas.
The fort has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1994, and in 2009 the National Park Service titled it as a precursor site of the National Underground Railroad Network.
Amenities at Fort Mose
- Group tours
- Canoeing / kayaking docks
- Wildlife viewing
- Visitor center
- Picnic facilities
- Restroom facilities
Visit Fort Mose
Address: 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Parking & Admission: It has its own parking. Admission to the park is free. The visitor center is open Thursday through Monday with a $2.00 fee. Children under six are free. Call (904) 823-2232 for more details.
Special Events: The site is available for events such as weddings, family reunions, corporate gatherings, and celebrations. To coordinate a private function at Fort Mose, call (904) 228-3679.
Other Parks Near Fort Mose
The Castillo de San Marcos, Eddie Vickers Park, and Dr. Robert Hayling Freedom Park are only a short drive away. Check our local Parks Directory and article, Black History Museums in St. Augustine.