SAINT AUGUSTINE – The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will host an unusual series of visitor tours during the Halloween season with themed rooms at the historic property in St. Augustine, the Nation’s Oldest City. Activities will be held at 20 Aviles Street Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. daily. Cost is $10 per person for the 30 to 45-minute customized tours.
The House will be decorated in period accoutrements from the 18th and 19th centuries when the property was built and operating as one of St. Augustine’s best-preserved Spanish colonial dwellings, tavern, store and boarding house during Florida’s Territorial/Early Statehood Period. The structures and grounds were built in circa 1798 by Andres Ximenez, a Spanish storekeeper.
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 events which support public outreach and promotes the nation’s national heritage through preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.
On display will also be the original portion of the Ximenez-Fatio House that includes a coquina house and the detached kitchen, original private residence and later a fine lodging establishment for military officers, sea captains, dignitaries and families from the north and south. Documented history includes 13 deaths occurred at the property during the early days of operation which will be discussed during the upcoming tours. For more information, contact Julia Vaill Gatlin at 904-829-3575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at http://ximenezfatiohouse.org/.