From the once bustling seaport where Florida's first constitution was signed to today's award-winning program to protect St. Joseph Bay, our dedication to preserving the past, and embracing the future is paramount. From our Centennial Museum to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, from Historic Reid Avenue to the new Port City Trail, a little bit of education mixed in with a whole lot of vacation enlightens visitors year round.

Historic Port St. Joe

HISTORIC TIMELINE

  • 1721

    Spanish gain occupation of St. Joseph Bay

  • 1838

    Florida Constitution signed in Port St. Joe

  • 1905

    Terrill Higdon Stone builds a log home and founds a new community near St. Joseph

  • 1924

    Gulf County Courthouse built in Wewahitchka (National Register of Historic Places

  • 1936

    St. Joe Paper Company begins construction of a paper mill in Port St. Joe. The mill opens in 1938.

  • 1967

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park opens

  • 1997

    Peter Fonda movie, "Ulee's Gold," filmed in Wewahitchka

  • 1999

    The paper mill closes; The Port St. Joe Marina opens

  • 2002

    St. Joseph State Park ranked "American's #1 Beach" by Dr. Stephen Leatherman

  • 2010

    Top-ranked Sacred Heart Hospital opens in Port St. Joe

  • 2011

    Port City Biking and Walking Trail opens

  • 2012

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park ranked America's Best State Park