Oldest House (Gonzalez-Álvarez House)
The Gonzalez-Álvarez House is one of St. Augustine’s many historic places, originally constructed in the 1720s and renovated and enlarged throughout the 18TH and 19TH centuries. This particular section dates from the earliest phase. The stairs are appropriately squeaky for a historic home, which I happen to think adds greatly to the ambiance. :-) If you’ve read the Eugenia Price novel “Maria”, largely set in this home throughout the mid-to-late 1700s, you may recognize some of its features. Little touches such as the uniform hanging by the stairs help enhance the historical flavor.
St. Augustine Lighthouse
This beautiful 1870s lighthouse is definitely the crown jewel of Anastasia Island. It’s beautiful from every angle, but standing across the road and peering up at its black and white splendor is always a picturesque experience. There are lots of trees in the area, which, if you compose your photo carefully, with provide a great frame for the massive tower. Blue skies aren’t necessary, but are an added bonus – though, considering its supposedly haunted history, some would imagine that a gray and dreary backdrop would be much more appropriate . . .
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