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

August 23rd - 24th

Discover the Spanish and Menorcan influences on early St. Augustine. From the first days of the city's discovery in 1565, Spanish culture has been woven into the tapestry of our 450 year-old city. 

When Menorcan immigrants moved north from New Smyrna to St. Augustine in the mid-1700s, the city's rich heritage blossomed with new traditions, new crops and a new way of life. Menorcans played a critical role in the growth of the St. Augustine Light Station. 

Among the first Menorcans to come to St. Augustine was Juan Andreu, who became head keeper at the light station. On April 5, 1824, Andreu lit the ten whale oil lamps in the old coquina tower on Anastasia Island, marking Florida's first lighthouse.

Our newest exhibit, At Home with the Harns, includes the story of second assistant keeper Jerome Lopez who served under Head Keeper William Harn.

Join us on August 23rd and 24th to celebrate this important part of the light station's history! 

September 6th - 7th

Are you ready for a taste of history?

Join us September 6th and 7th for a weekend of special festivities celebrating Native American culture with a professional presentation on native cuisine. Chef Richard Hetzler from the Mitsitam Cafe at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will be at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum to share the cuisine of Florida's natives. 

Chef Hetzler will be presenting on Saturday afternoon, September 6th. Check back soon for a complete itinerary and menu! 

Chef Richard Hetzler

A graduate of Baltimore Culinary College, Chef Hetzler worked at several fine-dining restaurants in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area before joining Restaurant Associates at the Smithsonian museums.  Chef Hetzler was on the team that researched and developed the groundbreaking concept for the Mitsitam Cafe.  As executive chef, he continues to create and refine seasonal menus that showcase the Americas' native bounty. Chef Hetzler has won several awards, appeared on the Food Network and NPR, and authored The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook: Recipes from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

September 20th - 21st

From 1763 through 1783, the St. Augustine colony was controlled by the British crown. Visit the museum September 20th and 21st to celebrate this important period in our 450 year history. Explore the 1765 shipwreck, Industry, currently on exhibition in the Keepers' House basement to learn more about how supplies were brought to the growing colony. 

You can also discover a little-known side of the American Revolutionary war through artifacts from the Storm Wreck. On New Year's Eve 1782, sixteen ships carrying British loyalists who fled Charleston, S.C. at the end of the war ran aground trying to enter the St. Augustine harbor. Artifacts from one of these ships including cannon, muskets, cauldrons, irons, buttons and other items have been recovered by lighthouse archaeologists. These pieces are now undergoing conservation for a future exhibit so that we can share the story of these families who were trying to start new lives in St. Augustine.

Check back soon for more information on presenters, tours and other events during this special Sea Your History Weekend!

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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