STATE OF FLORIDA
1epartment of itate
DIVISION OF ARCHIVES, HISTORY
AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT
Bureau of Historic Preservation
HISTORIC SITES INVENTORY
Entry No. Date
ST. FRANCOT TNN
DUMMETT HOUSE AND DUMlETT-HARIEE HOSE
STREET AND NUMBER
CITY OR TOWN:
STATE CODE COUNTY: CODE
CATEGORY OWNERSHIP STATUS ACCESSIBLE
(Check One) TO THE PUBLIC
O District [X Building E Public Public Acquisition: [ Occupied Yes:
E Site 0 Structure J[ Private l" In Process C3 Unoccupied 3 Restricted
0 Object El Both Q Being Considered Q Preservation work 0 Unrestricted
In progress O- No
PRESENT USE (Check One or More eaAppropriate)
O Agricultural O Government O] Park E Transportation O Comments
[ICommerclal lO Industrial 0 Private Residence E Other (Specifyt)
E Educational E Military 0 Religious
E Entertainment E Museum E Scientific
4. OWNER OF PROPERTY
EDWARD S. AND GERTRUDE P. WILT.TY
STREET AND NUMBER
274 ST. GECRC^ STREET
CITY OR TOWNt STATEi CODE
-- ST- ALGUSTTNE FTlRTn2
5. LOCATION OF LEGAL DESCRIPTION
COURTHOUSE, REGISTRY OF DEEDS, ETC' ,
ST. JOHNS COUNTY COURT HOUSE
STREET AND NUMBERi )
CURDOVA STREET AT CORNR OF KING STREET
CITY OR TOWNt STATE CODE
ST, AUGUSTINE FTIERIDA
16. REPRESENTATION IN EXISTING SURVEYS
TITLE OF SURVEYt
DATE OF SURVEY: i Q(i I Federal E State E County E Local
DEPOSITORY FOR SURVEY RECORDS:
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STREET AND NUMBER
CITY OR TOWN STATE ST COLMB CODE
TAWASHINGTONDIST. F COLUMN .
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CONDITION O Excellent Good El Fair O Deteriorated 0 Ruins O Unexposed
(Check One) (Check One)
SAltered D Unaltered 0 Moved h Original Site
DESCRIBE THE PRESENT AND ORIGINAL (if known) PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
The building. ia a three-story single masonry unit with a plan in the
shape of a parallelogram, that is, the corners are not right angles.
The dimensions are 38' x 58'. The foundations areof coquina block, a
local shellstone quarried on Anastasia Island. The first and second
floor wall construction is of coquina block plastered over, inside
and out. Exterior walls are painted white. The third story is of
mansard design, wood frame construction, asbestos shingle exterior
(on E. elev. wall is flush).
There are two wooden balconies at the second floor level, one fac-
ing a courtyard on the North side and supported by wooden columns,
the other on the South side, returning along the West side. The
latter is supported by heavy rods and turnbuckles.
There is a box-cornice at-the third-floor level and eight dormers
in the mansard third story.
Exterior and interior doors are of wood and evidently replacements
of the original; designs vary. Windows are generally 4 light double- m
hung, although some are 2 It. d.h. Reveals are all plastered to m
The main entrance is from the courtyard on the North side, into an -
entrance lobby with stairway. First floor contains six rooms, in- z
eluding a kitchen, plus li baths. The second floor contains a main
hall with stairway, 7 rooms and 4 baths. The third floor consists of
7 rooms, 4 baths and a kitchen.
There is a small (20' x 29'), two story building to the rear of the
main building, placed parallel to, and alongside of, the courtyard. C:
The main building was constructed sometime during, or immediately n
after, the year 1791. It was originally a two-story structure, the
third story most likely added by Mr. John L. Wilson, a former own-
er, in 1888. The extent of alterations prior to 1888 is unknown.
The date of the construction of the small building is unknown, but
it is said to have been on the property when purchased by Colonel z
Dummett in 1838. (It is also of coquina construction.)
PERIO (Check One or More as Appropriate)
0 Pre-Columbianl 16th Century B 18th Century 5 20th Century
0 15th Century  17th Century (j 19th Century
SPECIFIC DATEIS) (I Applicable andKnown) Built in 1791
AREAS OF SIGNIFICANCE (Check One or More as Appropriate)
Aboriginal 5 Education rJ Political 0 Urban Planning
O Prehistoric 0 Engineering C] Religion/Phi. .5 Other (Specify)
r**istoric 0 Industry losophy
O Agriculture ] Invention 0 Science
X Architecture 0 Landscape 0 Sculpture
O Art Architecture 0 Social/Human-
] Commerce O LIterature Itarion
o Communications [N Military. Theater ________
5 Co.1servotion 5 MusIc 0 Tronsportatlon ________
STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE
The House was, in all probability built in 1791, or immediately there-
after for Gaspar Garcia on a Spanish King's Grant(see chain of title,
below).In 1838 the building was purchased by Col. Thomas Henry Dummett,
a wealthy sugar planter from the Barbados. Col. Dummett was of English
S* parentage and had held his rank in the British Marines. Due to an up-
O rising of former slaves in the Barbados, he was forced to flee and fin-
- ally settled in Florida, where he raised sugar on his 3500 acre plant-
I- action near New Smyrna. He was again forced to flee by the Indians dur-
u ing the Second Seminole Indian War and his plantation destroyed. Col.
Dummett and his family were the most prominent occupants of the house
and it was entitled the "Dummett House" for years. Major,later Lt. Col.
o, William Joseph Hardee, U.S.A.,bought the house in 1855, and it was
known as the"Dummett- Hardee'House"thereafter. During the War Between
ut the States, Hardee served as a General in the Confederate Army. (Note: in
z 1856, Lt. Col. Hardee was Commandant 6f Cadets at West Point.)
- After the war the house had a succession of owners and served, first
as a boarding house and later as an Inn Under various names.
wu Original and subsequent owners:
1791 Gaspar Garcia (Escrituras 1801-02. East Florida Papers, Library
sof Congress, Washington, D.C.)
1798 Mateo Guardarrano (Same as above.)
1798-1824 Various owners. Property was involved in litigation in
transfer to English and subsequent Spanish claims.
1824 Dirk Fleishman ? (St. Johns County Records.)
1830 Waters' Smith ( S.J.C.R.)
1837 Aaron Jones (S.J.C.R.)
1838 Thomas H. Dummett (S.J.C.R., Deed Bk. "O", p. 410-411)
1845 Anna M. Dummett and Sarah J. Dummett (S.J.C.R., Deed Book "P", p.39)
1855 William J. Hardee (S.J.C.R., Deed B ook "P", p. 416-417)
1888 John Wilson (S.J.C.R.)
Btwn 1888-1925 A.E. Pilgrim andFred A. Hendrick (S.J.C.R.)
1925 Thomas A. Graham (S.J.C.R.)
1950 Ralph A. Moody (S.J.C.R.) Renamed bldg. St. Francis Inn.
1954 Henry L. Konrad *
1973 The present owners, Edward S. and Gertrude P. Willey.
There are no known copies of the original plans the architect and
builder are unknown.
9. MAJOR BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES
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CORNER LATITUDE LONGITUDE LATITUDE LONGITUDE
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NW 0 0 o 29 o 53 15 81 18 41.
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[1l. FORM PREPARED BY
NAME AND TITLE
Edward S. Willey, Qtw0na
IMay 25, 197/.
STREET AND NUMBER:
279 St. George Street
CITY OR TOWN: STATE CODE
St. Augustine Florida,,
DATE OF PHOTO:
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IU.S. Cnat & Geodetic SurVey, St. Augustine 4uad. Min. Series
BE INCLUDED ON ALL MAPS
1. Property broundaries where required.
2. North arrow.
3. Latitude and longitude reference.