St. Augustine's Restored Spanish Quarter, Florida's Living History Museum


Material Information

St. Augustine's Restored Spanish Quarter, Florida's Living History Museum
Series Title:
Spanish Quarter
Uniform Title:
Miscellaneous Items From "Graphics" Drawer #2
Physical Description:
San Agustín Antiguo Foundation, Inc.
Physical Location:
Box: Graphics Drawer #2


General Note:
Wayfinding map for visitors to the Spanish Quarter Museum

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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@ 1988

he State of Florida welcomes you to
St. Augustine's "Spanish Quarter", an

authentically restored eighteenth
century colonial community based upon

archaeological and historical research.

As you stroll from house to house and meet the residents and craftspeople of this unique neighborhood, you will experience what life was like for the hard working settlers who struggled to survive in St. Augustine. On this site, Spanish Floridians lived with their families close to Spain's fortress, the Castillo de San Marcos. Here the Spaniards coped with colonial change, international conflict, and the difficulties of frontier life. So, enter the Spanish Quarter and experience life as it was more than two hundred years ago.




Displays contain artifact exhibits.
Panels give information about the
I' jA. ENTRANCE history of St. Augustine and provide B. EXIT clues which serve to interpret the Av Homes in the Spanish Quarter and the People who occupied them.
**. . PLEASE WALK CAREFULLY. Floors, paths and gardens are just
as rough and uneven today as they Ei THE LORENZO GOMEZ HOUSE were during the 18th century.
Smoking, eating, and drinking are Lorenzo G6mez, a foot soldier, lived in not permitted inside the buildings. a more limited space than some of his The de Mesa-Sanchez house (9. on neighbors, because he earned a small your map), can only be seen on salary. A store is situated in the G6mez S" II guided tours scheduled on the hour
o and half hour. House showing how some soldiers could have supplemented their small
incomes. Imported goods arrived in St.
Augustine by supply ships and then OAr ,i,..- ._ **, were bartered in such stores for local
r,, -"-.products and work. The large
sprawling live oak tree, located behind
-**--- the building, is only about 100 years I _ow Oo old. It would not have stood here in
V1740 when wood was needed for fuel
** and construction.

EO1 .**********.**** *.F W THE MARTIN MARTINEZ

.. ........... .. ... In 1740, Artillery Sergeant Martin
**I ..o* L Martinez Gallegos and his family
o *. ** * resided in a house similar to this small
--- 'Jstructure. Its design, construction S.materials, and use were typical of
---' many, if not most, soldiers' dwellings r- '.) in the city. Martinez was an officer and
S EZIt earned a larger salary than his -' ~ -- neighbor, G6mez.

asI '- The Blacksmith served St. Augustine *.... ....*-* **. with his essential skills in a time when .* -, hardware was hand-wrought. Today, the Blacksmith forges necessary metal objects for the structures in the Spanish Quarter, working with techniques
employed by eighteenth-century
*,blacksmiths. Many items made by the
***** "Spanish Quarter's Blacksmith are
available for sale in The Museum
-, Store.

IlllllllllllI lllllllll I II1 1 11 [ THE BERNARDO GONZALES HOUSE

Bernardo Gonziles served Spanish
[ THE TRIAY HOUSE St. Augustine in the cavalry. His house now has become a craft exhibition area
A two room Spanish Colonial reconstructed home, known as the Maria where spinning and weaving are Triay house, was owned by one of the Minorcan families that arrived demonstrated as typical eighteenthduring the late 18th century. Typical of colonial structures, the house is century European handcrafts. Most set on the street line with the entrance from the south side. The small textiles were imported into this city patio with its grape arbor provides a pleasurable entrance to the Living during Gonzales lifetime. History Museum's orientation center.


Geronimo de Hita y Salazar, a soldier, lived with his This wooden structure is a reconstruction of a house large family in this house. Since formal schooling was built on this site in the British Period (1763-1783) by unavailable in St. Augustine, his children accepted two refugee families from New Smyrna. Jos Peso de adult responsibilities early and helped with house Burgo, a Corsican, was a merchant and shopkeeper. chores. Some of the children's chores of that time can Francisco Pellicer, born in Minorca, was a carpenter. be experienced by visiting school groups in special Each family occupied half of the "duplex" dwelling, but hands-on activities arranged by the Spanish Quarter owned an individual separate kitchen. Today, the staff. building serves as "The Museum Store," where visitors can purchase crafts produced by artisans, literature m THE WALKWAY about St. Augustine's history, and other interesting
The walls, located left of the walkway, are built with "tabby," a rough oyster shell concrete. Coquina
(ko-key-na), a natural shell stone quarried on nearby Anastasia Island, is the hard substance of the wall on the right side of the walkway. Tabby served as a basic building material throughout colonial St. Augustine. The Gallegos House and the Blacksmith Shop were ope you enjoyed your tour of constructed of tabby. Coquina, cut and shaped into blocks, became the main building material of the homes and craft activities in this Castillo de San Marcos. Such shellstone was used in the l construction of Gonzales House. unique living history village.

As you exit the Spanish Quarter, stop in The Museum Thatch and pole structures have existed historically in Store where you will find a large collection of tropical areas throughout the Caribbean and Gulf reproductions, jewelry, children's toys and games, Coast lands and islands. When designed as dwellings, handcrafted textiles, wrought-iron items, books on they included thatched walls as well. Thatched houses Florida and St. Augustine, Latin American imports and still exist in the tropics of Mexico and Middle and Seminole Indian dolls and clothing. South America, and are used by the Seminole Indians in South Florida.


Two rooms of this house were constructed at the end Accreditedbythe of the First Spanish Period (1565-1763), when Antonio American Association de Mesa made his residence in the building. By the of Museums Second Spanish Period (1783-1821), the house had ODWe increased in size and space to become a two-story structure owned by Juan Sanchez. This furnished home SAN AUGUSTN ANTIGUO FOUNDATION, INC. reflects the lifestyle of a comfortable St. Augustine P.O. BOX 1987 ST. AUGUSTINE FL 32085 family in the American Territorial Period (1821-1845). 904 825-6830
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