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Union Bank

Tallahassee, Florida
Completed in 1841 when Florida was still a territory, The Union Bank is the state's oldest surviving bank building. Chartered to help finance local cotton plantations, it ultimately closed because of crop failures, the Second Seminole War, and poor management. After the Civil War, it reopened as the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company for emancipated slaves and later served several other functions. In 1971, the Bank was moved from its original site. After restoration, it was opened as a museum in 1984, furnished with artifacts and reproductions from the territorial period.

Be sure to stop by The Old Capitol 1 block west and The Museum of Florida History just 3 blocks west.


LOCATION: Apalachee Pkwy at Gadsden St, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Phone 904-487-1902.

HOURS: Open by reservation only.

ADMISSION: Free.

DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of 90 and 27, head south on 27. To park, turn right onto Pensacola St and left onto S Bronough St. A parking garage and metered spaces are available at the end of the street.

Recommended Books

Historical Traveler's Guide to Florida

Roadside History of Florida



 

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