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Blog2023-06-28T15:14:50-04:00

November’s Member Event: Tour the Villa Zorayda

Join us in November for an exclusive tour of the Villa Zorayda on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, with two different tour times: 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Members will meet at the Villa Zorayda, check in and then begin their tour using an hand-held audio device. The tour will take roughly 45 minutes to an hour and does include stairs. We will have light refreshments for you following the tour. [...]

October 30th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Military Honor Plaza Dedication on November 10th!

During World War II, the St. Augustine Light Station served as a United States Coast Guard station. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum honors that military heritage by opening the Military Honor Plaza featuring commemorative bricks to honor the members of our nation's Armed Forces. On Friday, November 10, 2023, the Museum will host a special ceremony to mark the opening of the Plaza at 10:00 AM. The event [...]

October 30th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Shrimp: Small Crustacean, Big Journey

SHRIMP Small Crustacean, Big Journey Biting into a crispy shrimp dipped in some tangy cocktail sauce is one of the most popular experiences to enjoy in our city! Shrimp have been a staple of St. Augustine seafood prior to World War II thanks to the ingenuity of one local resident. Sollecito “Mike” Salvador brought the fledgling shrimping industry to St. Augustine in the early 1900s. With the help of [...]

July 31st, 2023|Education, Historical Research, Miscellaneous|

Director of Museum Services Announces His Retirement!

Earlier this month, Rick Cain, the Director of Museum Services of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, announced his retirement after over 21 years of service. Rick joined the Museum in 2001 as the Visitor Services Coordinator and Safety Officer. Prior to working at the Museum, Rick worked as a Registered Nurse, training and skills that served him well as the Museum’s Safety Officer. In 2016, Rick was promoted [...]

July 18th, 2023|Daily Operations, Events, Miscellaneous|

Summer Educational Programs Wrap Up!

For over  20 years, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has hosted summer camps filled with educational, exciting, hands-on learning experiences. Campers learn about their community, its history and culture - including meeting maritime archaeologists who talk about their underwater discoveries, local artists showcasing their talents, and park rangers teaching about the nature around them. This year, camp welcomed over 100 rising first through fifth graders for the five-week [...]

July 17th, 2023|Education, Events, Field School|

Check Out The Latest Spyglass Magazine!

 SPYGLASS MAGAZINE VOLUME 23 ISSUE 1 WHAT'S INSIDE SPYGLASS: THE SHRIMP JOURNEY HISTORIC PRESERVATION LIGHT STATION DISCOVERIES 1782 SHIPWRECK ARTIFACTS CREATING A LEGACY We are more than a lighthouse. We are a nonprofit that puts your dollars to work through historic preservation, education, conservation, archaeology, and shared history of local community and beyond. Thank you to our donors, volunteers, members, visitors, sponsors, ongoing supporters. We continue our mission because [...]

Brown Bess Muskets from 1782 – Found Loaded, Cocked, and Ready To Be Fired!

Three Brown Bess Muskets Found on a Revolutionary War-era Shipwreck! At the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, our maritime archaeologists excavated around 600 artifacts from a 1782 British Loyalist Ship – including three Brown Bess muskets. These muskets were found loaded, cocked and ready to be fired!  The flint and leather pad were found in place on the gun, as well as the paper wadding. These artifacts were [...]

After-Hours Private Experiences

What can I do? Create your own experience before or after-hours. Ghost tours Paranormal investigations Historic tours Small, intimate ceremonies Engagements Sunrise/Sunset events School group tours Filming/photography Have a different idea? Reach out and we can work with you on your options. What does it include? Private Experiences can include a tour, tower climb, etc. Staff is always on site during private experiences. Scheduled times are inclusive of guided tour, [...]

June 30th, 2023|Events, Uncategorized|

What Does The 4th of July, The Revolution, & BBQ Have In Common?

"Oldest Grill" Found on a Revolutionary War-era Shipwreck! At the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, our maritime archaeologists excavated around 600 artifacts from a 1782 British Loyalist Ship – including a Grid Iron (a grill cooking grate.) These artifacts were found on a Revolutionary War-era shipwreck we called, “The Storm Wreck”. This site consists of up to sixteen ships that wrecked on a sand bar trying to enter [...]

Legacy Program Spotlight: Rosie Sebastiano

As a loving tribute to mothers everywhere, our May's Legacy Program spotlight focuses on the legacy of Rosie Sebastiano. Her children have chosen to celebrate her life with a commemorative brick here at the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Since the Museum was Rosie’s “happy place,” her children know that they can visit and remember her here.  We appreciate that they shared their unique story with us: Now we [...]

May 24th, 2023|Membership, Miscellaneous|

Where Were You On May 22, 1993?

On th at day, our 1st order Fresnel lens was put back into service after being repaired. In 1986, a vandal shot the lens at the top of the Lighthouse tower damaging 19 of the prisms. Beginning in 1980, the Junior Service League led a massive community effort to restore the St. Augustine Light Station. The restoration of the Keepers’ House was completed in 1990 after a disastrous fire in 1970. [...]

Return to the French Frigate, Junon

by Chuck Meide I was just 26, a bright-eyed graduate student at Florida State University, and it was the archaeological project of a lifetime. My friend and colleague David Johnson was a grad student at Texas A&M University. He’d taken a phone call from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an island nation in the extreme southeast of the Caribbean. Better known now, but not then, as the scenic island filmed [...]

May 22nd, 2023|Archaeology, Conservation, Historical Research, LAMP|

Member Spotlight: Kelli McGreevy and Rick Poehlman

Each month we feature a Member Spotlight in our member newsletter giving our members a chance to share why the Museum is important to them and why they value their membership.  This month we recognize Kelli McGreevy and Rick Poehlman.  Members since 2021, Rick and Kelli were married on the front lawn of the Museum in December 2020! Kelli has been visiting the Lighthouse since she was a child while [...]

April 25th, 2023|Events, Lighthouse History, Membership, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|

Historical Preservation: Coastal Lookout Barracks Roof Completed!

The Coastal Barracks recently received a new cypress shingled roof. The funding for the project came from the Gene Oakes Grant Program of the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA). The FLA is a non-profit organization that provides grants to support historic preservation, restoration and educational programs at Florida's light stations. The Coastal Lookout Building was built in 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The building served as the barracks [...]

April 10th, 2023|Uncategorized|
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