Friday, August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015

Fountain of Youth

This picturesque pond is just one of the many beautiful sights you’ll see at the Fountain of Youth grounds. In the distance is the new Spanish watchtower along with a plethora of palms, and the center path takes you past some interpretive markers. Very near this spot is the reconstructed Timucua Indian village. Also down by the water in the left distance is the site of the original 1565 Spanish colony and the first wooden fort, which was called “San Juan de Piños.”

St. George Street

The pedestrian-friendly St. George Street offers a variety of historic houses; all the better that they’re shops, so you can go inside and look around without trespassing. :-) This particular shop, Casa Rodriguez, is also known as the Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez House. The bottom level, constructed of native coquina shell-stone, dates from the 1700s, while the upper story and dormers date from the 1800s. A plaque to the right of the front door tells the house’s story and names former owners. This is one of my favorite historic structures along this street.

(c) 2015 St. Augustine Fridays

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