How well do you know the history of St. Augustine?
Many people on the First Coast have visited the historic St. Augustine and are familiar with some of the more famous sites and attractions, but what about the areas beyond the boundaries of the immediate historic neighborhoods and shopping areas?
Here is your chance to learn some of this fascinating history. Join local historian David Nolan on a “Know Your City” tour of the Nation’s Oldest City. Under the sponsorship of Citizens for the Preservation of St. Augustine (CPSA), and in recognition of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “National Historic Preservation Month,” this tour will be offered on Saturday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 12:00 noon.
Some of the lesser-known areas of St. Augustine will be highlighted on the tour, such as: the “Streetcar Suburbs” from the trolley age of nearly a century ago; old plantations that have been turned into subdivisions; Henry Flagler’s first train station and the last remains of his mansion “Kirkside,” which was demolished in 1950; hidden hotels from the Flagler Era; the home of TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year for 1929; and many more. Also highlighted will be endangered sites in need of preservation, and other sites where magnificent buildings once stood but which have since been demolished.
The cost of this fascinating and entertaining glimpse into St. Augustine’s past is $15.00 per person. Proceeds will help to support various preservation projects in St. Augustine.
Tours will leave from and return to the parking lot of The Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, with transportation sponsored by Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, Historic Tours of America. Advance reservations are required as space is limited, and may be made by calling Kathy Schirmacher at (904) 808-1886.