Built in 1898, The Waterworks was once the pumping station for the City’s first water utility during the Flagler Era and remained in service until 1927 when a new water plant opened in 1927 on West King Street.
In 1928, The Waterworks was converted into a community center, making it one of the earliest adaptive use projects in the city's history. It was the Little Theatre of St. Augustine, a home for the St. Augustine Arts Club, and later the St. Augustine Garden Club.
The Waterworks was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014 for local level significance for its association with Jo Conn Guild, a nationally significant engineer, and F.A. Hollingsworth, one of St. Augustine’s most prominent architects.
In 2022, the St. Johns Cultural Council began leasing from the City of St. Augustine to dramatically increase residents' access to arts, culture, and heritage programming, and provide much-needed space for St. Augustine-based organizations to meet and host community events.
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.