How well do you know the history of St. Augustine?
Many people on the First Coast have visited the Nationâ€™s Oldest City and are familiar with some of the more famous sites and attractions, but what about the areas beyond the boundaries of the immediate historic neighborhoods and shopping areas?
Here is your chance to learn some of this fascinating history. Join local historian David Nolan on a â€œKnow Your Cityâ€ tour of the Nationâ€™s Oldest City. Under the sponsorship of Citizens for the Preservation of St. Augustine (CPSA), this tour will be offered on Saturday, May 17 at both 9:30 and 12:00 noon.
Some of the lesser-known areas of St. Augustine will be highlighted on the tour, such as: the â€œStreetcar Suburbsâ€ from the trolley age of nearly a century ago; old plantations that have been turned into subdivisions; Henry Flaglerâ€™s first train station and the last remains of his mansion â€œKirkside,â€ which was demolished in 1950; hidden hotels from the Flagler Era; the home of TIME Magazineâ€™s Man of the Year for 1929; and many more. Also highlighted will be endangered sites in need of preservation, and other sites where magnificent buildings once stood but which have since been demolished.
Proceeds will benefit the preservation programs of CPSA. The cost of this fascinating and entertaining glimpse into St. Augustineâ€™s past is $10.00 per person. Tours will leave from and return to the parking lot of The Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, with transportation sponsored by Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, Historic Tours of America. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling Kathy Schirmacher at (904) 808-1886 or Toni Wallace at (904) 808-4743 (between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.).