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Seminole War remembered

SAINT AUGUSTINE – The Ximenez-Fatio House and the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) will feature re-enactors, living historians in period dress, displays and demonstrations during the 10th Annual Seminole War Commemoration and Convocation of Seminole War Historians event on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 2 to 4 20 Aviles St., in downtown St. Augustine .

Activities at the historic property will feature Seminole Indian War period historians who will mingle with commemoration and convocation participants, and the public. The Ximenez-Fatio House will present its exhibits and displays including one of the rooms that serves as an interpretation of the Seminole War period, specific to a war officer who may have been a guest at the fine boarding house establishment.

Also, a living history break-out session and program workshop will be featured with Steve Rinck from the Seminole Wars Foundation. Event participants and the public are invited to attend. Additionally, a display of Osceola’s death mask will be available for viewing at the neighboring Trinity Church Hall, 15 St George Street. Osceola (1804 – Jan. 30, 18 38) was born as Billy Powell and became an influential leader of the Seminole in Florida . After Osceola’s death, army doctor Frederick Weedon was permitted by the Seminole to make a death mask of Osceola’s face and head which was a European-American custom at the time for prominent people.

According to Rinck, all related events will be held throughout the south end of downtown St. Augustine and are designed to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the important era in Florida ’s development. Specifically, St. Augustine was a vital gateway to the remote and scattered battlefields of the long, violent and costly Second Seminole War.

The annual heritage event is hosted by the House Museum and Convocation of Seminole War Historians in St. Augustine with a myriad of experts from Seminole Wars Foundations and West Point Society of North Florida . The purpose of the Seminole Wars Foundation is to preserve significant sites involved in the Seminole Wars, to establish educational programs about the importance of the period, and to publish pertinent material relating to the wars.

For registration and information about Commemoration activities in St. Augustine that run from Aug. 11 until  13, visit Facebook at and

Ximenez-Fatio House and Museum participation is part of its mission to support public outreach which promotes the nation’s national heritage through preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. For more information, call 904-829-3575 or email

The historic Ximenez-Fatio House structures and grounds were built in 1798 by Andres Ximenez, a Spanish storekeeper. For example, the original portion of the Ximenez-Fatio House includes a coquina house and the detached kitchen which became a tavern, private residence and later a fine boarding house for military officers, sea captains, dignitaries and families from the north and south.

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tours of the buildings and rooms are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on Sundays and Mondays. The property is available for group functions including weddings and events. During tours, regular admission is free for St. Johns County residents; adults $10; children, students, seniors and military $8, and the family rate is $20. Private group rates are $6.50 per person.



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