Luminary Night 2016: Photos, Winners, & Holiday Cheer

2016-12-08T12:00:50-05:00December 8th, 2016|

We rung in the Christmas season with RECORD crowds last night at our annual holiday open house, Luminary Night. Over a thousand luminaries covered the grounds and surrounding neighborhood as we welcomed our community in for a night of holiday cheer. See some of the highlights from the evening below and be sure to mark your calendars for next year, Wednesday Dec. 6th, our 2017 Luminary Night! A HISTORIC HOLIDAY TURNOUT Thousands gathered for [...]

Progress on the Florida Skipjack

2016-03-16T08:00:40-04:00March 16th, 2016|

The building of an authentic replica of a traditional fishing craft called a Florida skipjack was begun with a grant award from the Community Foundation from Northeast Florida. The Crisp-Ellert Grant is one that supports the arts and the Foundation has acknowledged that traditional wooden boat carpentry is an art form. The mission of the Heritage Boatworks at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is to “recover, preserve, and pass on the traditional art [...]

Maritime Training Program Begins

2015-12-08T08:00:09-05:00December 8th, 2015|

During the second week of October, The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum launched its new lunchtime Maritime Training Program for Lighthouse staff and volunteers. Through the program participants learn to row as a team as well as how to handle small sailing craft. The purpose of the program is to help Lighthouse staff and volunteers better understand and appreciate the unique marine environment of St. Augustine. Understanding how the winds, currents, tides, and shoals [...]

The Skipjack Hull is Complete! (The Hull Model, That Is)

2015-11-11T08:00:31-05:00November 11th, 2015|

Volunteer Ralph Koebke (right) and his hull model of the Florida skipjack in front of the full size replica currently under contruction at the lighthouse Heritage Boatworks program. Volunteer boat builder Richard Sexauer (left) can be seen working on the full size replica most mornings at the lighthouse. A model hull of the Florida skipjack is now complete, built over the past several months by volunteer boat builder Ralph Koebke. Ralph brought his model [...]

Community Collaboration: A Power for Good Makes a Great Contribution to our 450th

2015-09-16T10:25:41-04:00September 16th, 2015|

This article first appeared in the St. Augustine Record on Sunday, Sept. 6th. In 2007, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum received a special category grant from the state of Florida for the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project. In addition to funding nautical archaeology in the Nation’s Oldest Port, the grant paid for a visit to the Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, to obtain documents important to St. Augustine’s past. The research trip, [...]

Lighthouse Seeks Volunteers and Docents for Boatbuilding Program

2015-05-14T09:46:20-04:00May 14th, 2015|

Just in time for the city’s 450th celebration, residents are invited to be part of history by volunteering with the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s traditional wooden boatbuilding program. ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. – For much of St. Augustine’s early history, wooden boats were a ubiquitous part of city life. Our ancestors built these watercraft by hand, a tradition that is now being carried forward by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s Boatworks program. With three projects [...]

First Chalupa Sea Trials Completed

2015-04-07T08:00:23-04:00April 7th, 2015|

The chalupa in her slings after launch at the Camachee Cove Marina March 11, 2015 The chalupa replica project hit a major mile stone this past Saturday, March 28, when it rowed out of Hospital Creek for the first time into Matanzas Bay. The craft was blessed and christened the San Agustín six days earlier on March 22nd at her home port located at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. This grass roots collaborative community [...]