Torreya State Park
Florida state park, National Historic Landmark and historic site, Civil War earthworks, hiking/nature trails
Civil War & Reconstruction (1861-1876)
Bristol, Liberty County
The scenic beauty and rich biophysical environment of the high bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River has attracted humans for thousands of years. Torreya State Park’s sixteen miles of trails not only brings adventure seekers across plateaus, bluffs, and ravines, but also through its past. The most obvious archaeological remains at Torreya State Park are a set of six gun emplacements constructed during the Civil War by the Confederacy. Although the battery never saw action, over two hundred soldiers occupied it during the war and left traces of their time here buried in the park.
Did You Know...
- The 1840s Historic Gregory House is open for tours throughout the year.
- From 1935 to 1943, the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed facilities and infrastructure at the park as part of the New Deal program. Many are still standing today
- Archaeological investigations from 1971 through 1974 identified two prehistoric sites. In the 1990s archaeologists believed the earthworks located in the park were possibly the remains of prehistoric mounds. However, they later discovered the earthworks were actually the gun batteries built for and occupied by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.