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Women’s History Month: First Female Lighthouse Keeper in Florida

2020-04-20T13:38:02-04:00March 20th, 2020|

The first St. Augustine Lighthouse, called the Spanish Watchtower, which became Florida's first lighthouse in 1824. Maria Andreu, wife of Head Keeper Joseph Andreu, became the first female lighthouse keeper in Florida when her husband died in 1859. By Kimberly King, Museum Staffer To best understand the importance of women at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, we must understand that women have always supported the light keepers. They ran the household so that the [...]

CLOSED March 16 for two weeks due to COVID-19

2020-03-16T10:30:07-04:00March 16th, 2020|

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our top priority at the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, we will close the museum beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing for 14 days. Major Florida museums across the state are starting to close for two weeks to flatten the curve and to preserve the LONG TERM HEALTH of our tourism-based economy. [...]

Museum Notice: COVID-19 – St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum to remain open

2020-03-13T17:02:28-04:00March 13th, 2020|

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our top priority at the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.   As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, we are doing everything we can help to minimize the risk of virus transmission in the community. We are following the guidelines published by the CDC and local health authorities. And will continue to actively monitor the situation [...]

1760 British Yawl wooden boat recreated by Heritage Boatworks volunteers

2020-03-11T09:44:06-04:00March 11th, 2020|

 Vessel built at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for re-enactment group Heritage Boatworks volunteers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum have completed a replica of a 1760 Yawl wooden sailing vessel. This commission for HMS Bellisarius, a re-enactment group, was handcrafted for near three years. “Using plans from 1760, the boat builders have constructed a working Yawl. These boats were adopted by the British Navy in 1701 as the smallest class [...]

Ghost Stories: The Pittee Girls

2020-03-02T11:32:44-05:00March 2nd, 2020|

By Kelcie Lloyd, Special Programs Manager Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours The Pittee Sisters After being darkened during the Civil War, on June 1, 1867, the Old Spanish watchtower once more became a functioning lighthouse with the return of its light. Nevertheless, it soon became clear that the structure would soon lose the battle with Mother Nature as the sea continued to erode the land around the lighthouse. After several reports to [...]

May 9: The 2nd Annual St. Augustine Brewers’ Fest will benefit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2020-02-26T15:49:51-05:00February 26th, 2020|

Unlimited beer tastings from 30 craft breweries will be the highlight of the second annual St. Augustine Brewers’ Festival, held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine. Each ticketholder will receive a commemorative 6-ounce tasting glass. Tickets are available starting March 1 at stabrewersfest.com Admission is $40 in advance, and $45 the day of the event. There is limited on-site parking. VIP tickets are available for $100 each and [...]

Valentine Ideas at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2020-02-10T13:19:00-05:00February 10th, 2020|

SHOW YOUR LIGHTHOUSE LOVE! Help us continue to offer summer camp to children! Many of these students come from low-income, mostly single parent homes and attend Title I schools. YOUR GIFT MAKES THIS POSSIBLE. Give Here  BRICKS MAKE THE PERFECT VALENTINE GIFT! Order a brick now and receive a certificate to give your Valentine! ... There are many ways to leave a legacy at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Naming opportunities include purchasing a brick or paver, [...]

Smithsonian’s Because of Her Story: Mary Postell

2020-01-30T10:15:03-05:00January 29th, 2020|

Mary Postell A freed slave after the American Revolutionary War, Mary Postell was born in South Carolina, enslaved again in St. Augustine, Florida, where she and her daughter were kidnapped, and then taken to Nova Scotia, Canada, by her owner in 1786. In St. Augustine and Canada, Mary tried to prove her freedom in court houses. Her story was written below for a presentation for summer camp students at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime [...]

New Science Channel Series Shipwreck Secrets reveals SS Cotopaxi discovered in St. Augustine, Florida

2020-01-28T15:48:48-05:00January 28th, 2020|

(New York) – Since the SS Cotopaxi disappeared in 1925, it has become one of the most famous stories associated with the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. On November 29, 1925 the steam powered bulk carrier set off on a standard trip from Charleston, South Carolina to Havana, Cuba. No one knows where or how it vanished and none of bodies of the 32 passengers on board were ever recovered. It is one of the [...]

Archaeologist Allyson Ropp goes on an archaeological adventure to Marshall Islands

2020-01-23T09:40:31-05:00January 20th, 2020|

War & Warmth … A Pacific Adventure By Allyson Ropp, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Every time I travel to see family, the first question I receive is, “Where did you go now?” This is one of the best questions that I receive and luckily this last archaeological adventure took me back to the Pacific to work on a cultural heritage project related to World War II (WWII). The Marshall Islands team was led by [...]

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