When Col. Andrew T. Macmillen moved ,iis family into the
old house at 224 St. George Street the drawing room on the second
floor was a picture in blue and white The doors were white with 11ig
blue panels the walls were white but the ceiling was a lovely blue .
It had many -features that marked it as having been tUe originally
the house of persons of more than average social position in the first
Spanish ocouoation. The Aguilars ranked high Mariana de la Roque
lists the house of coquina with tile roof in which lived Juan
Aguilar Later the title is confirmed to Don Juan Rodrigues who is
supposed to have Aguilar's daughter.Francisca .
Don Juan Rodriguez describes himself as'eaving a sufficient number
of slaves to dedicate himselff to agriculture and the raising of horned
battle and also to aid in the maintenance of his large family", also he
kha was one of the Spanish inhabitants who have sacrificed themselves
in the service of said province
during the turbulent times which have taken place in it".
If Don Rodriguez was ready to create a cattle ranohe it did not
mean he would give up the aouse in town It was very comfortable.
2]haUwxkgxxuMxtexakxat To be sure it may have suffered from oannonadh
ing as the Macmillen family found grape shot tkxths embedded in the
walls of what might have b en a detached kitchen And also in the
garden was dug up the iron gag which was on display in Fort San Maroes
for many years .
Te fror1 o!: ,)'.:.n :, o :' 3'i... ...-*.- t, i.---e directly into
t f r i.'i " -^ ' ') ;' '** : ".* : '' f l '
S914 nd enm aiU ez
ft ploe of eti satreau d e Imedlately after mrilag ate thM hases
st, ailMdum 4 ded son makiag the esatranoe through a gateway at
th aSuth of the boue w ire the brickt floor i the pass" swY to the
test tate the haUl tfw which the sta&iray leads to the s004 ClUr.
Pistibly at *sm leog distSat tim this wa am e*a eurt O* tome.
S e aM teases of e aroMwe nay be feMd nw m the wall a nll
ditanU the sta e *, -----m ****k e baalwd ete t $O
0t*6 is a eSauUtMl Siagle pie" of aIsvhao rich tened with W*
tdef tt VM d fsvfl e is the hard poked ooek flor that pVinOm
gso" In bmoses newhsmt s. fben an attest was moa to pet SUN
t jL wirtag late the bmseO the oeatraoteors wo ablo to "gt thS e
the bs med bore oer th doea. Flally tiey worked t the
0 s1al almost olnular stairway lead ftae sMall emI a theW
OMgA floor to tUhe Atnishat spaen akln a third flao. 5efta&O 4f
Me leSa family 01. Maomtillea had theS e Inoomvnieat stats takhe tA
Md moved to samther plaM to povtido better asoe to the tMhi
fluor hih was a fftteat t prnm t allow fesw good s*ied elupag
mgos. RMis Amoy MAImil l to Mew thinkia oelAediafg rest ritg ti
eta4e to their eOigUial p sitiem sad ma in the hrasistag slatoatMS
SteI tshf fanmz story the floor oensists of eatwrely glf t beats
1mot o*f oft It to said arse o log they exted the sati am* tham
tUir t feet Ugth of the bemae witot a break .
TbwM fruplaoae One la tM dialog rem Oa t he wd floM r
sad sie Ose Ua the drawing reas sad an adjotaias apa&tmest we *o
alS meao of heating sad util rent yess so aditioas heatiU
tfeeoMats0 woe use* The- tifsplae have tat peOtiW esapAty
O& 1 O 4kw44 fouaqmw &.>d* Mh mu a....a .i ae ..> -,. t.i..k
3 01 houses
ever they still remain in theo city.
The Maomilleas had spent the first winter here in the old
house at 56 *arine Street which was right in the then social oatre of
the olty the Barracoks nd the official life gathcrin3 all visitors
into a group xt in that section .
When it was decided they would make St. Augustine their heo the
furniture from their Rhode Island home was shipped lown and fonad
admirable setting in the old Ag*ilar house. The girls of the family
became leaders in tihe younger set People of note who oase to St.
Aguastine found a congenial atmosphere in the Maoaillen home
There are a number of musetu pieces in various rooms. The dining
table is one oi finest double pedestal Duncan Phyfe opeoiamea known ad
by good judges del,red to equal the one in ~he Museuna atxtx in No* Tet
Desks 6 tbolas ad chairs to make a collector envious as they note vat-
oues pieces. In tue fireplaces u.re upper' airons and the drawing
an artistic iron
room fireplace in addition has a fireback .
In t~e time Then Col. ".omillen chose the house -a a reidmnoe
the grounds at tha test extended to Ma&ria Sa~'hes 3reek where the ohil
dren el the family delighted to fish,
The old co4uina well ourb had a bove it a emod frame frame
which depended the bucket that brought up such fine water. Not a flavor
Of sulpait Miss Amey 'o.millen says as she recalls the water wa so
***e always .
And after renting the old houpe for more than 55 years its
has at l-st become Macmillen property. Possibly the Maofaillens take
the palm as ranting one house for more than half a century and asking
alterations and repairs themelvees. The sister Miss AMey and Miss Ann
maintain tie same hospitable t ~toa here tht drew everyone of note
to the old house when the Pon e do Leon -nad the Aloazar were in the
height of the Fl.gl .r fame. Mtmz 'flhenev.r one o' the old group visit
St. Augustine a return to the Macmillen ;;onue is one of the xx xm
pleasant features of the etay.
And Uise Arnay i.omillon i still ponaering hbo she oan get
someone iho oan reproluo'e thlt oxaot fascinating tint of 4aploes yellow
of tho old iouse. For a lon,; timnas maxa~zits a piece o.' the old wall
at the rear was kept Consultation ft.-r consult-.tion was field with
workmen hoping to tet the exact tinrt On.e the houso got a ooat of
red hioan riaa't ,t all1 in himaony no z w a ochare ptepxred or
blended to ;1-.i7e t.,e iouae auch a nfrsonlitv?