Insider's Tour: St. Augustine's History & Heritage
Join us as we explore the culturally diverse heritage of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city! By the time Jamestown, Virginia, was settled St. Augustine was already 42 years old. Scroll down for the registration form at the bottom of the page.
Ponce de León first came to the northeast coast of Florida, possibly near St. Augustine, and called the area la Florida in honor of Pascua florida (feast of the flowers), Spain's Eastertime celebration. Pedro Menéndez de Avilés arrived in 1565 at a place he called San Augustín (St. Augustine), which marks the beginning of the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). You can learn more here.
Much of the locations on our tour are from this period, although we will also see the Second Spanish Period (1783 – 1821) and learn about other historic eras in this unique American city. A fabulous resource to learn more is the PBS series Secrets of Spanish Florida, which features Dr. J. Michael Francis, who will speak at our Opening Reception!
Our special behind-the-scenes tour includes access to some of the city's most historic buildings - including Spanish Colonial buildings and a boat tour of St. Augustine Harbor.
Our program is Thursday, October 15, through Saturday, October 17, and the cost is $250. Registration includes a welcome reception, special tours listed in the itinerary, two lunches during the tours and a boat tour of St. Augustine Harbor. Hotel reservations must be made separately. To protect our guests, we will be limiting the number of people who can attend the tour, and asking participants to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible.
The full itinerary, including speakers and locations, is available here.
Some highlights include:
The Sanchez House (a private home built in 1790)
The Peña-Peck House (circa 1750)
Llambias House (originally constructed before 1763)
Ximenez-Fatio House (1798)
Fish Island Archaeological Site and Archaeology labs
Here are some of the unique historic places and archaeological sites you will be able to see and experience in your trip, read here for more details!
We have secured a block of hotel rooms for the tour. In addition to the discounted room rates, our guests also enjoy a parking waiver (a $15/day discount) as well as shuttle service and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Event hotel: Double Tree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District
Address: 116 San Marco Avenue, St Augustine
To make reservations: Call (904) 825-1923
Space is limited so register now!