st augustine oldest schoolhouse

Minorcan for the Day

The Minorcan presence along Florida’s Historic Coast is traced back to 1768, when Scottish speculator Dr. Andrew Turnbull cast his sight on an indigo plantation in New Smyrna.

Minorcan for the Day

The Minorcan presence along Florida’s Historic Coast is traced back to 1768, when Scottish speculator Dr. Andrew Turnbull cast his sight on an indigo plantation in New Smyrna.

Start the morning by meeting your guide at the Visitors Information Center (Restroom Break and Greeting)

Visit the Oldest Wooden School House
dating back to the early 18th century and built for the Genoply family in the “Minorcan Quarter”. Juan Genoply was one of the original inhabitants of the house and became its first schoolteacher.

St. Photios Shrine
(AKA the Greek Shrine) is a special exhibit which tells the story of the First Greek Colony in the new world. The Greeks came with the Minorcans to work the indigo plantation in New Smyrna.

Lunch at Aunt Kate’s
Located on Vilano Beach and continuing a hundred-year tradition of the Usina Family in St. Augustine serving fresh local seafood and many traditional Minorcan flavors.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
, the Oldest Catholic Church in the city and the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese. There are also stained glass windows showing scenes from the life of Saint Augustine of Hippo, for whom the city was named.

Duration: 6hrs ($65.00 per person)