- Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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The Knott House Museum has a historic distinction. On May 20, 1865, Brig. Gen. Edward McCook read the Emancipation Proclamation on the steps of this home (which served as the temporary headquarters of the Union Army). This day marked the newfound freedom of Florida Panhandle's slaves, an important day in state history. The home's ownership eventually passed from state physicians to Florida Supreme Court judges until it was acquired by its namesake, politician William Knott, and his wife, Luella, in 1928. During tours you'll see this Park Avenue property much as the Knotts left it and learn all about the home's significance in Panhandle and Civil War history.
Recent visitors said that touring the museum during Emancipation Week in May is a must. During the reenactment, museum staff walk visitors through the events that took place during the famous Emancipation Proclamation reading. According to museum tour guides and some visitors, a ghost is also believed to inhabit the property, adding a unique twist to this Tallahassee institution.
Whether you want to look for the ghost or just learn more about Florida's Civil War history, all are welcome at the Knott House, which is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Admission to the property is free, and guided tours of the home start on the hour.
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