Woman's Exchange of St. Augustine

Woman's Exchange of St. Augustine

Among St. Augustine’s oldest colonial buildings is the Peña-Peck House, open daily for tours and special events by The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine. Built circa 1750 for the Spanish Royal Treasurer Juan Estevan de Peña and his wife, Maria Antonia, the house was a home over three centuries. Among its other occupants or owners were two British governors, a leading native Floridian and entrepreneur of Spanish descent, and three generations of the family of Dr. Seth Peck and his wife Sarah Lay Peck. They bought the house in 1837. Their granddaughter, Anna Gardner Burt, left the house to the city of St. Augustine in 1931 to be “maintained as an example of the old ante-bellum homes of the South.” The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine, founded in 1892 on the premise of women helping women, has cared for the house since 1932.

The Exchange is sponsoring an art restoration project for the Peck Family’s 19th-century art collection. Paintings restored to date may be seen during the tours. Spring and fall luncheons support the Exchange’s projects including scholarships for women returning to the workforce. A gift shop on site highlights fine-quality, hand-crafted art and other items by consignors in keeping with the Woman’s Exchange mission to help others achieve economic stability.

Donations accepted for tours and projects.

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