About St Augustine History
Located at Old St. Johns County Jail, the St. Augustine History Museum offers a display of historical artifacts and private collections from over 400 years of Florida history, including times of Native Americans, Spanish Galleons, pirates, and the Revolutionary War. Guests can also enjoy exploring the sunken Spanish treasure room, a Florida Cracker trading post, a Timucua Indian Village, and more.
More Information on St Augustine History
A combination of historical displays and private collections bring over 400 years of Florida history to life. The museum features displays of the various countries that ruled over St. Augustine: England, Spain, and France. Guests can visit our Spanish sunken treasure room, a Timucan Indian Village, and our Florida Cracker trading post.
St Augustine History Museum is divided into several galleries, each telling a different aspect of St. Augustine’s long and rich narrative. You’ll see how the nascent tourism industry first started with the arrival of the Cracker pioneers and their covered Conestoga wagons carrying all of their earthly possessions. You’ll learn about the ‘Tin Can Tourists,’ known for favoring eating canned foods, and the vehicles they drove like a fully restored 1927 Ford Model T pickup camper.
City of Transformation
Going back further in time, you’ll explore the vast influence the Spanish had while they dominated the culture here as its first official settlers from 1565 to 1819. You’ll get to see a replicated Spanish galleon, massive cannons, assorted weaponry, armor and other artifacts such as stoneware and articles of antiquity, many of which you can actually touch!
Foreign Flags to Flagler
And of course, one cannot present the history of St. Augustine without the acknowledgment of the many contributions made by Henry Flagler and his Florida East Coast Railway. One of his greatest achievements besides developing resorts, industries, and communities all along Florida’s shores, was the extension of his railway from St. Augustine to Key West completed in 1912. You can actually see this engineering marvel in miniature with a detailed, full-scale model that allows the visitor to see the train in motion with the push of a button!
St. Augustine Terrific Tidbits
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