The City of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest permanentlyoccupied European settlement, was founded by the Spanish in 1565.The St. George Inn is immersed in the area’s history, located next tothe City Gate, The Oldest Wooden School House and across from theCastillo de San Marcos. The Castillo was built of coquina by theSpanish in 1672, and anchors the city’s north end of the bayfront.
St. Augustine is home to some of the oldest originalstructures and sites in the United States including The Oldest House(1704), The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse (1804), The Oldest StoreMuseum (1840) and the Old Jail (1891).
The heart of the historic district can be found in the 4 blockpedestrian-only main thoroughfare called St. George Street. St.George Street is lined by 18th-century Spanish Colonial houses thatare now historic landmarks, and dotted with boutiques laden witharts and antiques. Within this area lies the Spanish Quarter, aliving history museum featuring settlers clad in 1740s-stylebritches and bonnets busy blacksmithing, spinning and woodworkingand soldiers who tell of life long ago.
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