Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 27, 2015

Castillo de San Marcos

Believe it or not, this beautiful blue-sky day preceded a tornado watch by a mere matter of hours . . . The Castillo’s gun deck, the place to hang out in any sort of weather except stormy (it’s closed then) showcases a variety of old bronze and iron artillery pieces. These cannon are the real deal, mostly forged in the 1700s. While a bronze piece can be seen in the foreground, there are a few iron cannon visible in the right background. The tower you see to the left of the shot is the Colonial Quarter watchtower (worth a climb; there’s a terrific view of the fort!)

The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse

If you’ve ever visited St. Augustine, you may have noticed that everything seems to be the “Oldest” this-or-that. In this case, it’s the truth. This schoolhouse, also the home of Juan Genoply and his family (hard to believe they lived only in the upper story of this tiny place), was constructed in the 1700s. Students were learning reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic here as late as 1864, and in the early 20th century the large rusting anchor you see in the foreground was placed around the schoolhouse as a precaution against hurricane winds. How effective it would be remains to be seen.

(c) 2015 St. Augustine Fridays

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