St. Augustine, Florida was founded exactly 448 years ago on September the 7th, 2013. This anniversary will be commemorated on this very day and all are invited to attend. This Heritage Event is hosted by Mission Nombre de Dios and Florida Living History, Inc. Each year the day is commemorated leading up to an even larger birthday bash in 2015 when we celebrate our 450th!
This year’s heritage event will feature:
– The historical re-enactment of admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles' landing in 1565 by Florida Living History Inc.;
– A Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop Felipe J. Estevez, Bishop of St. Augustine;
– A Grand Procession following the Mass of Thanksgiving;
– a performance of a scene from Lope de Vega's El Nuevo Munro descubierto port Cristobal Colon (The New World Discovered By Christopher Colombus), by Florida Living History Inc.'s Theater with a Mission group, will follow the Mass and Procession; this presentation is funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council through the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The anniversary commemoration will begin at 10am and will end, approximately, at noon; admission is free of charge to the public. Additional activities will take place next door at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (www.fountainofyouthflorida.com), following Theatre with a Mission's performance.
For those of you who have visited the Fountain of Youth in past times, be sure to visit this year as you will be surprised with the many additions to the property, which include a new observation dock, a 16th century boat building project, reconstuction of the original Mission of Nombre de Dios, and much more.
Whats so famous about the Fountain of Youth site you ask? Many things as the area spans 15 acres of archeological dig sites and is located in the same span of land first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565.
Historic St. Augustine is the oldest continuously-occupied European settlement in the United States. Contary to many people's knowledge, we were here 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and 42 years before Jamestown, Virginia!