Photowalk 10.5

OOPS!

I must have been just way to excited to go to the zoo!

Going through photographs today I realized that I jumped right over St. Augustine which, after consulting my map, came before Jacksonville photographically (that’s kind of like geographically, but with photos! and for the record, I didn’t actually have to consult a map.)

There are a zillion things to do in St. Augustine: Fort Matanzas, Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not, Pirate & Treasure Museum, Eco and Sightseeing Tours, Lightner Museum (you’re welcome St. Augustine tourism board! haha!) I do highly recommend the horse-drawn carriage rides through the historical old town, complete with tour guide. Amazing!

But for me, the big attraction is the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.

SPOILER ALERT!!

It is HAUNTED!

And call me crazy if you want (you won’t be the first! haha!), but I actually have felt the sudden coldness of a passing spirit there… twice. Once in the lighthouse itself and another in the keepers house. It was fantastic!! That’s something you’ll have to experience yourself! Yeah!

A bit of history:
St. Augustine Florida is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. The original watchtower became Florida’s first lighthouse in 1824. However, by 1870, the tower was threatened by shoreline erosion and construction began on the current lighthouse. The new tower was completed in 1874. (The old tower succumbed to the sea during a storm in 1880.) Constructed of Alabama brick and Philadelphia iron, the lighthouse is St. Augustine’s oldest surviving brick structure. In 1876, a brick light keeper’s house was added to the site. The original lighthouse keeper, Mr. Andreu, fell to his death while painting the tower and is considered to be the spirit who still climbs and keeps the lighthouse. (cool, huh?!)

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Looking up the 219 steps to the top

Looking up the 219 steps to the top

Atlantic Ocean from the catwalk (165 feet above sea level)

Atlantic Ocean from the catwalk (165 feet above sea level)

I came. I saw. I bought the (slightly wrinkled) tee-shirt!

yes. it. was.

yes. it. was.

Not a bad little jaunt back down the peninsula (Florida, silly) from Jacksonville for a little history and haunting!

Enjoying the trip?

Hope so!

Have a great Friday! Cheers!

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