Celebrating 450 Years

St. Augustine is celebrating its 450th anniversary! Here’s a look at some of the things that makes our nation’s oldest city so special.

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Shrimp Boat City

Written by Ed Long and Brendan Burke and published by the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, this book chronicles 100 years of the shrimping industry in St. Augustine. Not only does it tell the stories of the men who made their living catching shrimp, the book also documents the associated industries like boat building and marine supplies. The stories are fascinating and the photographs are amazing. There are discussions and diagrams showing how the technology behind net design changed over the years. You’ll learn how the familiar design of shrimp boats evolved too.

Shrimp Boat City [$24.95] can be purchased at the Lighthouse gift shop or online.

Stormy Sunset

This is the view from our table on the deck at Aunt Kates while enjoying dinner last night. Sunset and the storm moving in created a glorious show complete with rolling thunder. Fortunately, we made it home before it caught up with us.


Legends and Tales 1

It’s the little stories – the personal stories – that bring history to life. Karen Harvey’s Legends and Tales is the first of two books that does it beautifully. This edition includes stories about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Mocassin Branch, ┬ábaseball and the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine from the people who were there when it happened.

Legends and Tales is available in paperback at Amazon for $17.99.