St. Augustine History

St. Augustine History

Nearly 450 years separate its past from its present, but nowhere is history more celebrated than in St. Augustine. From the coquina walls of its forts and city gates to its brick-lined streets and lush, green park at the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s storied collection of homes, museums and historic sites pay tribute to all who influenced it. In 2015, come celebrate our birthday as the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America.

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Nicknamed the “Old City” or “Ancient City,” St. Augustine is a mosaic of historic people, places and events. The oldest European settlement in the U.S., St. Augustine was discovered in 1565 – 42 years before the Jamestown colony in Virginia and 55 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Its name comes from the day it was discovered, August 28, the feast of St. Augustine.
The city's brick-lined streets, horse carriages, forts and grand hotels have charmed me at every stage of my life. My first visit at 14 was on a family vacation. I returned seven years later for a weekend with my best friend. Recently, on a romantic week with my husband, I discovered yet another side of the oldest city in the America.
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