Cross and Sword Brochure interior

Cross and Sword

My sister and I were part of the original cast of Cross and Sword, an outdoor drama recreating the founding of St. Augustine in 1565. It premiered in 1965 as part of our quadracentennial celebration.  We were hired as extras with no lines who wandered in and out of scenes – most often as Indians – throughout the performance. We even got… Read more →


Our 450th celebration is about to kick off so I spent the day working on the site’s theme and planning content to share the fun. My immediate family may be “newcomers” to Florida’s Historic Coast, but we’ve got ancestors connected to this area from British Colonial days. Lots of stories yet to be told . . .


First Plots? A Mystery

You are looking at the southwest corner of the St. Augustine National Cemetery.  The marble slab on the ground in the corner is plot 1 and contains the remains of Lieut. Stephen Tuttle.  The nearer slab is plot 4 and contains the remains of John Winfield Scott McNeil.  If you are thinking these were among the first burials in this… Read more →