Architect Fred A. Henderich was a prominent designer in St. Augustine known for introducing the Mediterranean Revival style to St. Augustine at the turn of the 19th century and pioneering restorative architecture on many buildings after the great fire of 1914. In 1908, he designed what would be the final remnant of St. Augustine’s cigar industry: the Solla-Carcaba Cigar Factory. The top three floors were designated for cigar making while the ground floor was for tobacco storage.
Since the 1830s, St. Augustine had established a minor handmade Cuban cigar manufacturing industry. When the Ten Years War with Spain broke out in 1868, some Cuban immigrants made their way here while others went to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Key West, Tampa, and Europe.
P.F. Carcaba was a native of Spain and cigar manufacturer out of Cincinnati who opened a St. Augustine factory in 1893. The first plant burned down in 1895 and a vacant school building was offered to keep production going. Carcaba was one of St. Augustine’s principal cigar producers, making about 5,000,000 cigars a year by 1905. President Theodore Roosevelt visited that year and was gifted three boxes of Carcaba’s cigars wrapped in velvet, trimmed in gold, and fastened with silver clasps.
After Carcaba’s passing in 1906, business moved to Tampa and St. Augustine’s industry took a major blow. The St. Augustine Board of Trade began negotiations to reestablish a local cigar factory to employ 100 workers and money was rai
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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.