Stepping Back In Time At Mission San Luis

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By: Emily Johnson
November 30, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - As folks walked through the 64 acre ground of Mission San Luis they were stepping back into a time period far different from what we're use too. "Well life was a lot harder we're appreciative of the modern niceties that we have," said Curtis Jenkins of Tallahassee.

Jenkins and his family were taking part in, Give Thanks, the annual event that takes place at Mission San Luis the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is to educate visitors on Appalachee and Spanish food as well as learn what life might have been like in the early 17TH century. "Families can learn you know how cooking was back then, and how thankful they were for the food they had back then as well," said Kate Hart, a Project Coordinator for Mission San Luis.

An example of a 17TH century dish would have been marinated rabbit. The recipe calls for dry red wine, apple cider vinegar, water, a couple of spices and a whole onion. "It gets boiled and slowly simmered," said Laura Justice the Lead Interpreter for Mission San Luis.

Cooking was the main attraction, but guest were able to enjoy archery and learned how a blacksmith made nails and other tools. The mission San Luis site was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today it is in the only reconstructed Spanish Mission in Florida.

Mission San Luis is managed by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research. If you would like more information on Mission San Luis you can visit their website at