History of the Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast

A vernacular four-square structure with Victorian features was built between 1883 and 1885 by Edmond Masters: a lead carpenter for Henry Flagler's first Florida resort hotel, the Hotel Ponce de Leon. Mr. Masters built the home for his wife, Rosalie, and their daughter Grace, putting the attention into the bones of the house. Mr. Masters chose the very best structural woods for building: cypress, cedar, and heart of pine.

The original home was built before the presence of electricity and did not have any bathrooms or a kitchen inside the home. The tall windows on the front of the house with its southern exposure captured the warmth of the sun during the winter months. In the summer, when the sun was higher in the sky and over the roof line, the oversized windows provided filtered light, helping to keep the home cooler.

The home stayed in the Master's family until the 1930s, when it was converted into an apartment building with four efficiency units. In 1984, this romantic structure was lovingly and extensively restored to its original grandeur and central heat and air were added, fulfilling a dream of creating what is now a premier bed and breakfast inn. Carriage Way is a definite jewel of this ancient city.

History of the Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast

History of ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine history is about as rich as it comes. Understanding the city's past makes for an even greater appreciation for its current standing. It's apparent when you visit almost any of the local businesses, attractions, etcetera, it's almost tangible when you walk down the cobblestone streets, and it's right there for all to admire in the many museums and galleries. This is one of the main reasons St. Augustine is such a major tourist attraction. You don't have to know the history of St. Augustine to want to visit, but if you like a little education from time to time, read on.

St. Augustine is located in the northeastern part of Florida on the coast. It's often referred to as the oldest city in the nation, as it's the "oldest continuously occupied settlement." The city was founded in 1565, and has both Spanish and British roots. It officially became U.S. territory in 1822, and has grown into its renowned spot on the map ever since. Without even trying, you'll find historic, original homes still standing, and reconstructed buildings meant to preserve their beauty and era.

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