Forging History

The sound of a blacksmith's hammer once rang out from what is now Crucial Coffee Cafe. Fifty years ago the wood frame structure on Charlotte Street operated as a blacksmith shop. The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board based the reconstruction on a blacksmith shop from the late 1700s. The shop operated as part of the …

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Wood you have ever guessed?

"Wood" you have ever guessed that carpenters built Crucial Coffee Cafe by hand? The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board employed traditional woodworking skills on the wood frame structure fifty years ago. They based the reconstruction on a blacksmith shop from the late 1700s. The project aimed to exemplify the craftsmanship of both colonial and contemporary …

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Colonial Craft in St. Augustine

Visitors watching live demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop. UFDC. One of the most interesting aspects of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board’s restoration efforts was the operation of  interpretive spaces for visitors to the downtown. Many of the houses reconstructed by the board decorated to reflect the families who lived in them during the Spanish …

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