Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Benet Store
Title: Hagen on the Benet Store
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Title: Hagen on the Benet Store
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Benet Store
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Copyright Date: Public Domain
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Box: 6
Divider: Block 13 Lot 8
Folder: Benet Store
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
62 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Benet Store (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 62 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.895679 x -81.313201
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Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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3eld)-Hagen on the Benet Store

Summary on physical renovation. The shelving above the counter top should be at least twice

as deep with open shelving below. Consideration should be made of the possibility of using

the entire ground floor in any cabinet work or building. (2),A separate bar or liquor-dis-

pensing area with table and rustic, country Windsor chairs. Some shelving in this area for

bottles, etcd.umh Interior background painting. The shelving should be painted with

the backs whitewashed. The ceilings and beams should be whitewashed. 4-f eors should be

painted a red or mustard with a small amount of stove polish/to kill the newness. Walls-

black baseboard using a slate blue-black '< -. obtained by lamp black. 4 he base to the

chair rail height use red. It would also be permissible to stencil a line in a pattern at this

point, then to paint from this line to the ceiling in whitewash, rim. Doors-red, glazed and a

little darker than the walls; the sashashould be a dirty mustard made by using linseed oil and

yellow ochre. The windows frames in red. Alternatives to this--the doors could/also be mustard

or green. The so-called Williamsburg colors are all right for interiors of this period. The

exterior trim can be white, red, mustard, brown or green. The shutters normally would be a

dark green. Barrels used as standards for tables would be painted, including the banding-all

of one color. (Add under interior renovations the discussion of the Mexican stofe grill. Hagen

dates it at ca. 1900 and it was the general consensus that it should be removed.) ) Props-

large soap boxes wrapped with foam and then covered with dirty burlap, the covering then tied

with Manila line, using proper period knots. These bales would then be stacked around the

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exterior wall, Bole@ filled with hay and some ceramics' protruding would also be placed. If

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at all possible a period tea/showing WaO markings should be obtained from an antique shop. New

tea boxes are not the same as the old, which were foil-lined. Items to serve as preps, but not.

necessarily for sale would include cast-iron ware / ) should include-**uA--'

,%%cast-iron kettles, three-legged cast-iton pots with flared necks of approximately one gallon,

capacity, Dutch evens, trivets, etc. If possible these should be obtained from the Benjamin

)jaP furnaces in Derbyshire, England. A coffee roaster would be appropriate of the type

using charcoal as fuel. Bolts of printed fabric are suitable. These would be the equivalent

of the Indianhead patterns of today. Basic grocery items would include Augar in cones, salt

in barrels (which can be obtained by placing a false-bottom in an open barrel and adding

kosher salt to a thickness of several inches), vinegar in barrels, molasses in barrels, sodium

bicarbonate, bulk V pepper in twists of paper, hams and bacon (the bacon would require a

cutting board and knife); also eggs and butter in tubs. Herbs would be basically home-grown.

Another item that was suggested for resale was hardtack which is made simply with an unleavened

flour rolled into a pan and then a hardtack roller which has small.spikes on it rolled over the

surface to perforate it. This is then baked, broken into pieces and sold. Others items that

would be for sale or as display.would include wrought iron cooking forks, ladles, skimmers, etc,.

Items that would add odor to the store include cloves which should be purchased wholesale by

the pound. Another item that would be for sale would be pomander balls which are oran es

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poked solid with cloves which could be sold Possibly for two dollars apiece; salt-fish (con-

trainers coming from the northern British Isle's to the Caribbean still have t69%O A shape;

Baker's Cocoa evidently is still available. During this period it came in a can and had a

lady on the/label. Signs would be in the store, normally painted with whitewash on a wooden

shingle and stuck in the barrel or other container. The blackboards which are presently inw

the store appear to be too nice and should be removed. Items which were discussed and for

which no source or data "4 available for included bottle reproductions and clay pipes.

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