Visit the oldest house in the Nation’s Oldest City! The González Alvarez House is a historic house museum which is a perfect representation of over 300 years of history in St. Augustine. Today, visitors to our city can take a guided tour of the home, visit the museum, and walk the ornamental garden. This attraction is just a five-minute drive or a 15-minute walk from Agustin Inn. Find out everything you need to know about this great site!
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Visit the González Alvarez House
The History of the Oldest House
So just how old is the oldest house in St. Augustine? The González Alvarez House was built in 1723, making it almost 300 years old. The home was first owned by Tomás González y Hernández, who was an artilleryman at Castillo de San Marcos. The house has become a symbol of the vast history of St. Augustine. It was originally built in the traditional Spanish colonial style and was made with thick coquina walls. This is the same material that was used to construct Castillo de San Marcos. Coquina is a quintessential St. Augustine material, harvested from what is now Anastasia State Park.
After the British took over Florida in 1763, the home was purchased by an Englishman who added the second story. This section of the house represents the brief British era of St. Augustine. The house was later purchased by a Spaniard, Spaniard Geronimo Alvarez, who added a two-story tier to the rear end of the property that was constructed out of coquina. The land remained in the Alvarez family for over 100 years.
Tour the Home
Are you ready to visit the property? Tickets to the oldest house in St. Augustine are just $8 for adults and $18 for a family of two adults and any children under 18 years of age. Admission to the Oldest House Museum Complex includes a tour of the house, as well as access to the museum, the gallery which displays historical exhibits, an ornamental garden, and the museum store. The complex is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 every day, and tours run every half-hour.
Stay at Agustin Inn
After you’ve explored the González Alvarez House, return to Agustin Inn for a wonderful evening! Our gorgeous St. Augustine bed and breakfast is centrally located in the historic district, just steps away from the best restaurants, shops, and attractions on St. George Street. You won’t find such gorgeous guest rooms, convenient amenities, and a delectable daily breakfast at any other established in the Nation’s Oldest City.
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