The Oldest House Museum Complex is owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society. Visitors can experience an interactive guided tour of the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, a National Historic Landmark which is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial dwelling in St. Augustine. While archaeological evidence exists that the site had been occupied since the 1600s, the present house dates to the early 1700s. Construction began around 1723 and it reached its final form in 1790, exhibiting Spanish and British Colonial architectural styles. The house reveals evidence of the First and Second Spanish periods, British, and American occupations. Docents explain the daily lives of the settlers and foster discussions on building use, archaeology, lifestyle, and culture on the Florida frontier. Guests can experience a guided tour of Florida’s Oldest House, the history museum, ornamental gardens, a rotating exhibit gallery, and the museum store.
14 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
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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.