Boarding/disembarking trolley multiple times during field trips; walking up to 2 miles; stairs (14 steps) at the Oldest House (no elevator).
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet features a rotating variety of hot items as well as fruit, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, breads and muffins, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll gather in the hotel’s meeting room for a presentation and discussion of the early natives, the Timucuas, who called Northeast and North Central Florida and Southeast Georgia their home. It is believed that the Timucuas may have been the first Native Americans to see the Spanish explorers when they landed in Florida. At the time of the European contact it is believed this was home to 200,000+. From 1649-1656, the population began to diminish. War with the English and other Indians decreased their numbers and a series of epidemics further diminished their population, the major one being smallpox. In less than 250 years the Timucuas disappeared. Afterwards, board a bus for a short ride to the Historic District. Meet the former city archaeologist where you will take a brief archaeological walk and discover how the past and present meet in St. Augustine. End your walk at the Art Association where both its director and our archaeologist will share with you how this site went through an archaeological preparation prior to its expansion. Discover how the past and present meet through archaeological discoveries.
Take a 3-block walk to a local restaurant, where you will enjoy a plated meal featuring your pre-selected choice of salad or sandwich with a soft drink, coffee, tea, and water included. Other beverages available for purchase.
Outside our restaurant, an open sided trolley will take us for a non-stop narrated exploration of the Historic District. In this city occupied since the 1600s, we’ll see evidence of the Spanish, British and American occupation of St. Augustine and gain insight as to how they may have lived. The trolley ride will end at the Oldest House, where you will have an opportunity to explore on your own. The González–Alvarez House, also known as The Oldest House, is a historic house museum. With a construction history dating to about 1723, it is believed to be the oldest surviving house in St. Augustine. It is also an important example of the St. Augustine's Spanish colonial architectural style, with later modifications by English owners. It was designated a U.S. National Historic landmark in 1970. It is now owned by the St. Augustine Historical Society. We’ll return to the hotel via bus.
In the hotel, enjoy a catered buffet including salad, chef's choice main dishes, vegetable, bread and dessert plus coffee, decaf, tea and water.
In our meeting room, we’ll be joined by the founding president of the Friends of St. Augustine Architecture Society for a presentation on St. Augustine's “vernacular” architecture: design based on local needs, materials, and traditions that span the city’s history, adapted to meet changing times.