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The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting and keeping alive the story of the nation’s oldest port. We do this in many ways:
The effort to save the Lighthouse began in 1980. The Keepers’ House was the target of arson (1970) and had fallen into disrepair when the Junior Service League of St. Augustine adopted the project. As a result of this successful preservation effort, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has become a model for other lighthouses nationwide. Lighthouse staff is now recognized as national experts in restoration and museum operations. So much so that the lighthouse has been sought after to develop and facilitate conferences and to mentor museums nationwide.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse lobbies for national preservation issues in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill. We proudly work directly with government agencies to insure that America’s castles survive for generations to come.
Preserving the Past for Future Generations
The lighthouse stores a vast collection of WWII artifacts including thousands of pictures (some were saved from being sent to the dumpster). The lighthouse also has an oral history library in its permanent collection that continues to grow.
Among our efforts is a desire to grow our entire collection
81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32080
ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE
Dec 4, 2019
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.