From Creek to Lake: The Maria Sanchez

Today, Lake Maria Sanchez is a lake located at the southern end of Lincolnville and St. Augustine's peninsula. We know a lake may not sound too exciting in a state full of waterways, but did you know this lake wasn't always a lake? Also, who was Maria Sanchez? (The answer is not the professional tennis …

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What’s In a Name? St. Johns River

Over 100,000 years ago, the St. Johns River formed as Florida's peninsula took shape. Starting as trapped ocean water, the river eventually became over 300 miles long and a vital part of life. Its freshwater flows northwards from marshes in today's Indian River County to the Atlantic Ocean in present-day Jacksonville. Humans began to call …

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En la Cocina | In the Kitchen

We gather in our kitchens today - drawn by the promise of good food and company. For St. Augustinians, this vital space brought cultures and people from across the world together over the centuries. Let us step back in time and into la cocinas (kitchens) of some of the city's earliest residents. When St. Augustine …

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Growing St. Augustine’s Story: One Food at a Time

We eat history everyday. We grow traditions in our gardens. And culture simmers in our kitchens. Our culinary and agrarian story in St. Augustine is a unique and complex layering of culture, history, and geography. It is both grounded in our soil, water, seasons, and flora - as well as influenced by the globe. What …

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Nutty for Chocolate

Today we enjoy chocolate - in many forms - throughout St. Augustine. But how did the sweet treat first arrive on our shores? Let us chow down on the bittersweet history of chocolate. Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). The plant thrives in the tropical regions of Central and South …

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Isabella and Ferdinand

Happy Valentine's Day from Government House! In honor of the holiday celebrating love, we are spotlighting the Spanish royal couple Isabella and Ferdinand. Isabella (1451-1504) was born the second child of the King of Castile. At the time, Spain existed as five independent states ruled by their own monarchs. Due to a rebellion during her …

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