St. Augustine Journals

Taking history class again in St. Augustine

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A June 2003 trip to St. Augustine by hersplash

Lightner Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida More Photos
Quote: St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the United States. I didn't know this before I arrived here, and when I left, I had learned that and more. I learned more than I had learned from high-school history!

Lightner Museum

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Lightner Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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My favorite stop in St. Augustine was the Lightner Museum. The building was built in 1888 and was an elegant resort hotel named Hotel Alcazar. Henry Flagler owned it (he was a partner of Standard Oil with John D. Rockefeller). Henry Flagler was the big man in this city. He grew up poor and made money through Standard Oil and through one of his three wives. He wanted this area to be a big resort area and a playground for the rich Northerners. He helped this by building the Florida East Coast Railway, which ensured transportation from New York to this city. Besides this building, Henry Flagler built most of the churches, the town’s hospital, and city hall. He eventually expanded south, opening h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

Lightner Museum
75 King St.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 823-1327

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

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Attraction | "Castillo de San Marco"

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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The history here is that in 1669 the Queen Regent of Spain charged the new governor of Florida, Manuel de Cendoya, with the assignment of seeing that "adequate fortification" was constructed in St. Augustine as protection from pirate attacks. The Castillo de San Marco was built of coquina (compressed sea shells), like many of the buildings in the city. The fort was attacked, but the walls were so thick that there was little damage— cannonballs made no impact because of the unusual consistency of coquina that absorbed the blast. This fort changed hands five times. From 1565 to1763 it was held by the Spanish, and again from 1784 to 1821. The British period was from 1763 to1784. The Confedera...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
1 South Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, Florida
(904) 829-6506

World Golf Hall of Fame

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World Golf Hall of Fame Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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As you head out of historic St. Augustine, stop by the World Golf Hall of Fame. Opened in 1998 inside the World Golf Village, the World Golf Hall of Fame is a tribute to both players and the game. Their aim is to express the values of golf—sportsmanship, integrity, and honesty. There is so much to this museum that I could hardly cover even a portion of what you’ll see. It is both fun and educational. As far as museums go, this is one of the most elegant, clean, high-tech, well-designed, interactive, and thorough museums I have seen. They spared no expense when building this museum and memorializing the inductees. You can see a beautiful chandelier with both stainless steel and gla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

World Golf Hall of Fame
500 S Legacy TRL
St. Augustine, Florida 32092
(904) 940-8000

Old Town Trolley

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Old Town Trolley Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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I took a trip on the Old Town Trolley around town. It took an hour to make the trip around. I don’t like to get off the first time around. I like to see it all before I decide what I want to see further so I don’t waste my time. I think a trolley tour like this one is good for that. The town was very beautiful and very old, and there was so much to see and absorb. At the end of the tour I felt I had a good game plan for what I wanted to do. I couldn’t hear everything about the history of the city the first time around (which sometimes happens with a lot of people), so if I went around again, I was sure I’d catch everything. And because my memory is so bad, I wanted to hear the hist...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Old Town Trolley
167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-3800

Mission of Nombre De Dios & La Leche Shrine

Attraction | "Nombre de Dios"

Mission of Nombre De Dios & La Leche Shrine Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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One of St. Augustine's historic attractions is Nombre de Dios. Over 400 years ago, the first Mass was offered in America’s first city. It was the beginning of Christianity in the United States. The mission is like a little park, with walking paths and lots of trees. It is situated next to the bay. It is extremely quiet on the property. This place also includes a small bridge that leads to a pond. Pioneer priests first planted the cross of Christianity here, a 208-foot stainless-steel cross. You will be able to see the cross from the street, but it’s quite amazing to see up close. You will also see a statue of Father Lopez, the Father who offered the first Mass here. Also on these ground...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Mission of Nombre De Dios & La Leche Shrine
27 Ocean Ave
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 824-2809