18 May 2008

To the stone wall

Ok, so this post is everything from the town plaza, where the history museum is (last post) to the old town gate at the north end of town, seen above. (See Google Earth image in last post for location comparison.) And a new experiment, you may have noticed last post I decided to type out the text of all the markers and tablets. I decided that was too much, but I am going to continue to type the text of the ones that are difficult to read. The ones that can be easily read, such as the one below, simply click on the photo to enlarge. Sound good?

Marker for Spanish well seen below. "Spanish Public Well. Constructed prior to 1763, filled and partially destroyed during British occupation 1763-1784. Restored 1975 as a bicentennial project for city of St Augustine."

Tablet annotating the town plaza is named Plaza de la Constitution. It is all in Spanish and very hard to read.

The plaque says this 32 pounder cannon was part of the armament of Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos) before, during, and after the Civil War.
Another Public Well

Cathedral of St Augustine

The Cathedral's Courtyard

Marker for the Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez house, seen below. "Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez House (an original house). Fernando Rodriguez, Sergeant in the Spanish Army at the Castillo de San Marcos Fort, built his house on this site during the first Spanish occupation (1565-1763). In 1760 he commissioned Juan Perez, master builder, to add the northeast coquina room to his earlier wooden house. Antonia Avero inherited this property from Rodriguez in 1782 and fled to Cuba just before the British occupation of St Augustine. After the twenty year British occupation (1763-1783) Antonia was unsuccessful in reclaiming her "Little House of Stone". It was sold at public auction to Juan Sancree in 1701 during the second Spanish occupation of St Augustine. Restoration of the house was begun in 1958 by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scout Crawbuck directed by Mr. William Jordan Daniell. The ST Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation Commision, a Florida State Commission, authenticated this site and house historically and archeologically in 1882. Its history and building plans are registered in the Library of Congress by the Historical American Building Survey."

The oldest wooden schoolhouse in America
And finally, the old town gate at the northern end of the old town. between the gate and the river stands the Castillo de San Marcos, able to defend both. The above tablet reads "This gate, opened in 1739, provided the only access through the defensive line on the North side os Spanish St Augustine. Royal Engineer Manuel de Hita Built these coquina pillars in 1808. This tablet was originally erected in 1907 by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of Florida. It was revised to commemorate the Tricentennial of Castillo de San Marcos. 1972"

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