Capitol Grounds & Monuments

The Capitol Grounds can be broken into several areas. The areas are the Courtyard, House Area, Senate Area, Historic Capitol, Knott Grounds, and Waller Park.

The Courtyard

On the south side of the courtyard is the Florida Fraternal Order of Police Law Enforcement Memorial. The memorial, dedicated in 2000, has the names of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. To the north of the FDLE memorial is a small dignified memorial in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The memorial was dedicated in 1984. The Capitol cornerstone is located within its northeast corner.

Senate Area

Adjacent to the Senate Office Building is a memorial dedicated to Floridians who have received the Purple Heart.

House Area

East of the House Office Building sits a shade tree dedicated to Andrew Jackson. The Liberty Bell replica sits east of the House Office Building. It was placed Waller Park in 1950. The replica was a gift to the citizens of Florida as symbol of the 1950 United States Sayings Bonds Independence Drive. It was moved to its current location in 1970. The Florida Sri Chimoy Peace State Marker is one of many throughout the world dedicated to world peace and harmony.

Historic Capitol

On the lawn of the Old Capitol are two marble obelisks. The southern monument is dedicated to Capt. John Parkhill. Capt. Parkhill led a company of soldiers known as the Leon Volunteers. He was killed at Palm Hammock, Florida leading his men in chase of members of the Seminole Nation. The other is a Civil War marble obelisk. The monument's legend reads "To rescue from oblivion and perpetuate in the memory of succeeding generations the heroic patriotism of the men of Leon County who perished in the Civil War of 1861-1865, this monument is raised by their country women." The northeast corner of the Old Capitol holds its cornerstone. Just to the north of the Old Capitol Lawn is the Old Capitol Historical Marker. A time capsule sits inside the western steps of the Old Capitol.

Waller Park

Within the center entrance to Waller Park is a plaque relating about the man for whom the area is named after. The centerpiece of Waller Park is "Stormsong", the sculpture of a pod of playful dolphins within the Florida Heritage Fountain. Stormsong was dedicated in 2003.