SAINT AUGUSTINE – The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will host a specially scheduled event and tour for the Southern Garden History Society (SGHS) during the group’s Annual Meeting in northeast Florida. Activities will be held Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 20 Aviles St.
“Florida’s First Coast” is the theme of the regional meetings to present a conference for attendees with a focus on resilience, recovery, and restoration after landscape disasters.
According to Julia Vaill Gatlin, Ximenez-Fatio House Museum executive director, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) will sponsor the St. Augustine event which supports public outreach and promotes the nation’s national heritage through preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. A garden tour and talk will be featured at the structures and grounds which were built in circa 1798 by Andres Ximenez, a Spanish storekeeper.
On display will also be the original portion of the Ximenez-Fatio House that 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. For more information, contact Julia Vaill Gatlin at 904-829-3575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at http://ximenezfatiohouse.org/. The more information and to register for the tour, contact Marianne Salas at 631-921-5109 or email email@example.com. Visit the website at http://southerngardenhistory.org/events/annual-meeting/.
The Southern Garden History Society was founded in 1982 by a small group of garden historians in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They envisioned a society that fostered research, study and a greater appreciation of historic landscapes and gardens across the South. From its modest beginnings, the society has prospered for more than 30 years, thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of many people.
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is open for tours from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tours of the buildings and rooms are available from 11 am until 3:00 pm 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.
The Ximenez-Fatio House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Buildings Survey. It is a Florida Heritage Landmark and is also recognized as an integral part of the St. Augustine Town Plan National Historic Landmark District. The House is rated as a top attraction in St. Augustine by TripExpert along with TripAdvisor as a Certificate of Excellence designation venue, awarded to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn the highest levels of reviews from travelers.
About The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA):
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA), founded in 1891, is an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with more than 15,000 members. The NSCDA has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration, and the interpretation of historic sites. Today, 41 diverse properties are owned outright by the Corporate Societies of NSCDA. 13 additional museum collections are owned by the Dames and 30 more properties receive substantial volunteer and financial support from Dames.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) was incorporated in 1899. In 1939, they bought the Ximenez-Fatio House from the Fatio heirs to use as their state house museum. Considered as one of St. Augustine’s best-preserved Spanish colonial dwellings, the museum depicts the boarding house lifestyle of Florida’s Territorial/Early Statehood Period. It is one of the first museums in America to interpret 19th century women’s history. Visit Twitter at https://twitter.com/XFHouse and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/XFHouse?v=wall&viewas=0. View the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDp_Nr7IAzU.