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Hernando De Soto State Archaeological Site

Hernando De Soto State Archaeological Site

Today, there is no visible evidence of Hernando de Soto's occupation of this site centuries ago. Visitors may walk around outside Governor Martin's 1930s home, and plans are underway for an interpretive display on the history and significance of the site. The best time to experience the property is each January, when a reenactment of de Soto's Winter Encampment takes place. An interpretive display marks the spot on which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto's party camped for the winter of 1539.

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