The modern city of Port St. Joe is near the site of one of Florida’s most important towns in our state’s early history.

St. Joseph was briefly the largest community in Florida and where the state’s constitution was written.

In addition to the site of the Constitutional Convention, the city is also home to the first political party in Florida. The city hosted the first organization of the Democratic Party of the Territory of Florida (referred to then as the Jeffersonian-Republican-Democratic Party).

Christopher Hunt an archaeologist from the University of South Florida was introduced to the story of St. Joseph by local artifact collectors and other residents of Gulf County while a graduate student at USF seven years ago.

He became instantly enamored with the history of Florida’s antebellum frontier, the history of Old St. Joseph and how St. Joseph’s history embodies the American spirit of expansion and early capitalism.

During his “Tuesday at Two” presentation Hunt will report on research that indicated that the yellow fever epidemic may have been a larger contributing factor to Old St. Joseph’s abandonment than the hurricane of 1844.

Chris Hunt is an archaeologist specializing in North American archaeology and cultural resource management. His research interests include prehistoric and historic archaeology, landscape archaeology, GIS settlement probability modeling, digital tools for cultural heritage and remote sensing methods in archaeology. He is currently doing his Ph.D. dissertation research on the archaeology of old St. Joseph.

The eight-week Tuesdays at Two lecture series is free and open to the public—and is made possible with support from the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries.

It will be held each Tuesday in January and February at 2 p.m. (ET) at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library located at 100 Library Drive in Port St. Joe.

In addition to the lecture series, the library will host a performance by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews 12-1 p.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 29. For more information call 229-8879 or visit