452 may not be a milestone year, per se, but we think it’s still quite an accomplishment. On Saturday, September 9, we will be celebrating the 452nd anniversary of the founding of St Augustine. Founder’s Day activities will take place throughout the day at the sites where it all began: the Mission and the Fountain of Youth.
Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed in St Augustine on September 8, 1565. His landing will be reenacted at the Mission Nombre de Dios at 10:00 AM. Visitors will hear celebratory cannon and musket salutes from the shores of nearby Fountain of Youth. Upon his arrival, a reenactment of the Spanish passengers’ Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on the Mission Grounds.
The event is free, and there is plenty of parking at the Mission. It is suggested that guests bring lawn chairs. (Carriage Way has a couple of chairs we lend out to inn guests.)
And then from 1:00 – 5:00 PM,. a Founder’s Day commemoration will happen at the Fountain of Youth. See an encampment like the one the Spanish would have built upon their arrival. Held by the Men of Menéndez division of the Historic Florida Militia, this living history experience will demonstrate how the new arrivals would have lived.
The event is free with admission to the Fountain of Youth – $15 for adults and $14 for seniors, and free for St Johns county residents with picture ID.
And, sure, 452 is impressive, but we think 134 is pretty good, too. That’s how old our house is. Come enjoy history and modern comfort at Carriage Way B&B. The Tourmaline room, for example, is full of antiques – but has a rainhead shower you are certain to envy.