SEA Your History in St. Augustine, Florida

Are you ready to go beyond the ordinary and become part of history?

Each year, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum proudly hosts a series of Sea Your History Weekends featuring Smithsonian scholars, special tours, wooden boat building demonstrations and unique experiences that connect visitors with the vast maritime history of the Nation's Oldest Port. 

In 2014, each event will celebrate a different influence on St. Augustine's maritime culture from the early European settlers to the contributions of African-American and Native American groups. 

Plan ahead and reserve a room with one of our accommodation sponsors for an exciting weekend in the St. Augustine!

2014 Sea Your History Schedule

February 22nd - 23rd

Discover the African-American influences on the culture and heritage of our Nation's Oldest Port.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

6:00 P.M. – Search for the Jefferson Davis. Stop by the keepers’ house gallery to see the 50 minute documentary “Search for Jefferson Davis” showcasing lighthouse archaeologists’ search for the lost privateer vessel off St. Augustine’s coast. The film features the ship’s history including the story of African-American cook William Tillman and his shipboard heroics.

6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. – Twilight Tour. Hear stories of those who lived and worked at the lighthouse.  Learn about the science behind our 1st Order Fresnel Lens as well as the paranormal side of the light station grounds on this guided, family-friendly tour. Tickets are $14.95, click here to reserve your spot!.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. - Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding. See how our ancestors built their ancient wooden vessels using steamer boxes and techniques passed down through generations.

12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. – Real Radio 104.1 Outreach. Meet Orlando talk radio host "Dirty Jim" Colbert from Real Radio 104.1 in the lighthouse courtyard and pick up some station swag!

1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. – Discover St. Augustine African-American History. Talk with Charles Ellis, president of the Ft. Mose Historical Society, and learn the history of this St. Augustine landmark. Representatives from Tour St. Augustine will also be present to share their latest free guided tour highlighting St. Augustine’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. – Meet and Greet Guest Speaker Anthony Thomas. Chat with the weekend’s keynote speaker, Anthony Thomas from the Anacostia Community Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate. From African-American maritime lore to the importance of urban waterways, Thomas is an educator with a wealth of knowledge ready to share.

2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. – Special Screening of “Search for the Jefferson Davis.” Watch this 50 minute film on the archaeological search for the Confederate privateer ship, Jefferson Davis. The film includes much of the former slave ship’s history, including the tale of William Tillman, a cook who saved himself and his ship from being captured by the Jefferson Davis.  Lighthouse archaeologist Dr. Sam Turner, one of the film’s researchers, will be available to answer questions following the movie screening in the keepers’ house gallery.

4:00 P. M. - 4:30 P.M. – African-Americans in Maritime Lore. Join Anthony Thomas in the keepers’ house gallery for a presentation on African-Americans in maritime history as well as a citizen science project featuring ways in which individuals can help understand and preserve our local waterways.

August 23rd - 24th

Historic Coast Influences: Spanish Impact on St. Augustine Culture & History

September 6th - 7th

Historic Coast Influences: British Impact on St. Augustine Culture & History

September 20th - 21st

Historic Coast Influences: Native American Impact on St. Augustine Culture & History

Sea Your History Weekends are funded in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council - Experience the history and charm of St. Augustine |Ponte Vedra. Visit  

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