Florida Public Archaeology Network

original colony location
View from the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park across to the great cross at the Mission of Nombre de Dios.

The Northeast Region of Florida’s Public Archaeology Network is headquartered at Flagler College in St. Augustine. Although archaeology seldom provides details on individuals, it does a great deal to help us understand the environment our ancestors lived in. This is especially useful when records are lost due to disaster, war or other events. Their purpose is . . .

The Florida Public Archaeology Network is dedicated to the protection of cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and to involving the public in the study of their past. Regional centers around Florida serve as clearinghouses for information, institutions for learning and training, and headquarters for public participation in archaeology.

Through archaeological digs, we now know that the original St. Augustine colony was located in the area that is now part of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and the Mission of Nombre de Dios.

St. Augustine Historical Society

The St. Augustine Historical Society began as a study group in 1881 and was formally organized in 1883 making it the oldest continuously operating historical society in Florida. Today the society owns several historic buildings including the Gonzalez-Alvarez House – known to visitors as the Oldest House – and the Seguí-Kirby Smith House which houses the society’s research library.

The society maintains an impressive collection of manuscripts and pictorial material as well as printed, microfilmed and digital items. A searchable online catalog is available at no cost. The library is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It is located on Aviles Street one block south of the city plaza. Library staff will perform research at a charge of $25.00 per hour. Copies begin at 50¢ per page and $1.00 per page for microfilm copies. A complete list of fees is available at the site.

In addition, a number of publications related to St. Augustine’s history can be purchased through the society’s online store.