St. Augustine
St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive!
Explore culturally vibrant St. Augustine with experts and learn the story of the nation’s oldest city through its architecture, monuments, Gilded Age works and a historic reenactment.
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Program No. 6642RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Bright and bold living history awaits you in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida — the oldest city in America. What began as a Spanish fortress has transformed over the centuries into a charming seaside town brimming with Spanish, British and Venetian Renaissance architecture. Local experts — some in period dress — spin gripping tales and present a dramatic overview of the city’s remarkable history. Meet a soldier from Fort Mose to hear his stories, walk the sacred grounds of the Timucuan Indians and immerse yourself in the city’s unique Old World charm. Viva San Augustin!
Activity Level
There is moderate amount of walking, stairs and standing on field trips.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover a unique tapestry of history through the shared passions of park rangers, musicians, authors, storytellers and historians — some in period dress!
  • Learn the legacy of Henry Flagler and his grand hotels, and admire Gilded Age works of Tiffany glass in historic buildings.
  • At the Fountain of Youth, a Spanish archeology site, explore the multi-culturalism of St. Augustine with an author, playwright and performance artist during a live presentation.

General Notes

For a more active, small group program with more free time see program 22662.
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George Strock
George Strock received his bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin and master’s in history from DePaul University. For 30 years, he worked for the National Park Service as a historian and interpreter at the Castillo de San Marcos, Gettysburg, Cape Hatteras, Harper’s Ferry and other sites. Since retiring from the Park Service in 1995, he has served as consultant and exhibit planner for various historic sites and leads visitors at the Oldest House and the Pena-Peck House.
Margaret Kaler
Bob Patterson
George Strock
Eddie Joyce Geyer
Gerald Brody
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