Meet your escort / tour guide and motor coach at your Jacksonville hotel at 9:00 AM we board our coach and head for the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States, St. Augustine. We will take A1A down. Most people don't know that our beaches are on a barrier island. We will ride on the island to St. Augustine with narration & history along the way.
Learn how St. Augustine became the "Oldest Continuously occupied city”.
At 10:00 AM we start our tour of the “Oldest City”.
Fountain of Youth, Old Jail, Mission of Nombre de Dios (Shrine) where first Catholic mass was said, Castillo de San Marcos our nations oldest monument, and much more of the “Oldest City”.
We will also see Magnolia St., listed in the National Geographic as one of the most beautiful streets in America. We will hear about Henry Flagler and his three wives. I must say that if these folks were here today, Ida Alice ( Henry’s 2nd wife ) would surely have had them on ALL the Jerry Springer show!!!
We will also see & go into one of the amazing buildings Henry had built. We will go in the church Henry built to the glory of God and in the memory of his daughter, Jenny Louise.
After Jenny’s daughter died at birth. Jenny was on her way to St. Augustine from New York, to spend some time with her father. Jenny died on the family yacht in 1889.
Henry ordered the church to be built before the anniversary of Jenny’s death.
It took a crew of 1000 men working in two shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to complete the church in 361 days.
Now at about 11:45 AM free time for shopping and lunch on St. George Street.