Florida is a state with much more history than we usually give it. As the 27th state, joining the U.S. on March 3rd, 1845, the history just as a U.S. state is significant. Take events and people that occupied the land before it joined the union and you have a land full of mysteries, wonder and legends.

While we see it now as the home of a giant mouse, beautiful beaches, and snowbirds, the stories are still hidden if you know where to look. Some of these stories have to do with failed attempts at creating something new, others have to do with people that had a run of bad luck.

From Cape Romano to Homestead and even Fort Jefferson, there are plenty of sites to see if you are looking for a less traditional trip to the sunshine state. The stories that follow, the locations that tell these stories, and the people that lived in these places at one time all looked at Florida in the same way – home.

While Florida has had more recent rumblings in the news, very few of which have been pleasant, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the state, like many other in the nation, has a rich history and culture to share for those willing to find it. Just keep in mind that none of these locations are likely on the top of the list for your travel agent.