St Augustine Florida

By | November 23, 2013
Visualize strolling through the streets of an ancient city, where the whole area was once ruled by natives, and then by the English, French & Spanish explorers. Where once upon a time pirates pillaged assisted by the help of providence and a hurricane, the English Armada removed and destroyed not only a French fort but their formidable sailing fleet as well. Where would you be? by the description you must be St. Augustine, Florida – the oldest European settlement, and for many, the most fascinating city in North America.

As you might imagine, a city with this kind of history naturally has a charm and unique blend of the old and new unlike any other place in North America. Saint Augustine is a natural draw for history seekers, people who enjoy the arts,artists}, sun worshippers, families of ALL ages, newlyweds and keen fishermen alike.

Situated on the eastern side of Florida around 40 miles south of Florida’s State capital of Jacksonville, the Old City as it is locally known, is a wonderful blend of romance and activity.

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By | November 13, 2013
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As you might imagine, a city with this kind of history naturally has a unique blend of charm where old meets new unlike anywhere else in North America. Saint Augustine is a natural draw for historians, people who enjoy the arts,artists}, sun worshippers, families of ALL ages, honeymooning couples and keen fishermen alike. St Augustine can be found on the eastern side of Florida approximately 40 miles south of the Florida capital of Jacksonville, the Old City as it is known, is a gorgeous blend of romance and things to do and see.

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St Augustine Florida Free Points of Interest

By | April 23, 2013

Throughout our hometown, St Augustine Florida, there are several, what we would call, “points of interest”.

Not really attractions or tours but still interesting stops along the way. All are free of charge; now that’s really nice.

Most of these will be just short stops as you wander around the city. Some are quite old and some not so old, but all interesting.

So be sure to make a note or better yet print this page and bring it with you so you don’t miss these interesting “points of interest”.

 

Free Points of Interest

 

  • Magnolia Avenue – This street has been labeled, “One of the most beautiful streets in America” by National Geographic Magazine. The live oaks on the eastern side of the street, blown by the prevailing winds, create a graceful arch over the street. Magnolia Avenue runs north and south parallel to San Marco Avenue.Turn right on Myrtle Avenue just north the Mission Nombre de Dios, go to the end and turn left to see a site you won’t soon forget. St Augustine Florida, isn’t it beautiful? Be sure to bring your camera!
  • Old Senator Tree – located just off of San Marco Avenue in the parking lot of the Howard Johnson Resort. A magnificent ancient oak tree reported to be over 500 years old. Stop by and visit the oldest resident of St Augustine Florida.
  • Aviles Street – another one of our narrow, brick–lined, quaint, streets. This street has an interesting array of shops and restaurants unique to the area. It’s not quite as long as St. George but equally as nice, so don’t miss this one.You can walk down Aviles and back up Charlotte which is just a short block east. The Spanish Military Hospital is located on the left side of Aviles.
  • Bridge of Lions – links the mainland with Anastasia Island and is found in the heart of downtown St Augustine Florida. The bridge is currently under construction (summer 2008). The work is scheduled to be finished in 2009. It makes things a bit messy for now on our beautiful bay front but soon all will be back to normal and we’ll have a much safer bridge.
  • Mission Nombre de Dios – America’s first mission and site of thefounding of St. Augustine in 1565. Look for the 200 foot cross towering above the cities most historic grounds.
  • Huguenot Cemetery – established outside of the city gates of St Augustine Florida in 1821. Burial was for victims of the yellow fever epidemic and non-Catholics. The Presbyterian Church has owned this cemetery since 1832. Renovation and documentation of grave markers has been undertaken by members of the church and concerned citizens. Location is adjacent to the Visitors Center on Avenida Menendez.
  • Tolomato Cemetery – this cemetery is on the site of an old Indian village. Since it was within the city walls, it became the Catholic burial grounds. Located on Cordova Street just south of the Visitors Center.
  • St Augustine Florida National Cemetery – located adjacent to the Florida National Guard Headquarters on Marine Street. It was designated a national cemetery in 1881. The earliest burials, beginning in 1828, were soldiers that died during the Indian Wars. A large monument constructed of coquina, the Dade Monument, marked the end of this war. Beneath the three pyramids are the remains of over 1400 soldiers who died between 1835 and 1842.
  • St. Augustine Love Tree – yes, it really is, the love tree. An oak tree is totally wrapped around a palm tree, now if that’s not love I don’t know what is. Located just south of the Visitor’s Center on the west side of Cordova Street.
  • Plaza de la Constitution – in 1594 the King of Spain decreed all colonial cities must have a central plaza to be used for commerce and official functions. The first system of weights and measures in North America was utilized at this site. There are several monuments that may be of interest, so enjoy a walk through the plaza which is located in the center of downtown St. Augustine.
    • Lincolnville – established after the Civil War, it was one of the first free black communities in America. This area has the largest collection of Victorian houses in the city. Several churches were the gathering place of civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, in the early 1960’s. There are numerous historical markers explaining the unique history of this area.
    • Ogelthorpe Park – This park was the staging area of British General James Ogelthorpe. His troops bombarded the Castillo de San Marcos from this site for over 30 days. Unable to inflict enough damage to conquer the fort, they withdrew and returned, unsuccessful, to Georgia. Located across the Bridge of Lions, turn left on Gerado St., right on Ogelthorpe Ave.

So, as you tour around St Augustine Florida be sure to be on the look-out for these additional “points of interest”.

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