Historic Markers Across Florida

First Christmas Service

Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: North of Tallahassee off U.S. 27 near Lake Jackson
County: Leon
Waymark: None


In this vicinity was the Indian village of Anhayea. Here the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his men spent the fall and winter of 1539-40. Since twelve priests accompanied the Spaniards, it is probable that the first Christmas service in the United States was celebrated here.

Sponsors: In Cooperation With Leon County Commissioners


City: Tallahassee, FL