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Francis Field is the hub of St. Augustine’s special events activities, with many of the city’s major festivals held in this large open space on W. Castillo Dr.
Located next to the City of St. Augustine’s Downtown Parking Facility, Francis Field was originally home to the amateur baseball team, the St. Augustine Saints. It was named after Frederick G. Francis, a co-owner of the team and an accomplished athlete himself.
In addition to baseball, Francis was a tennis and football star, and in 1928 he was an announcer for the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. His family moved to St. Augustine when Francis was a child, and he later worked as a tennis instructor at the Alcazar Hotel. In 1931, he married Louise Wise Lewis, a niece of Henry Flagler’s third wife and an heiress to the Flagler fortune.
Francis was at the helm when the St. Augustine Saints won the Northeast Florida Championship in 1933. The next year, St. Augustine Mayor E.J. Wishard Sr. proclaimed September 11, 1934, as Fred Francis Day. Following a game between the Saints and the Palatka Azaleas that day, an elaborate dinner was held in his honor at the Monson Hotel. Francis Field was officially named after Frederick Francis on June 23, 1938.
During World War II, Francis Field was used for military training. In 1952, the St. Augustine Saints played their last game on the field.
With the addition of the City of St. Augustine’s Downtown Parking Facility right next door in 2006, Francis Field’s convenient
25 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084
ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE
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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.