St. Augustine celebrated it’s 450th birthday in 2015. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is affectionately known by locals as “the Oldest City.” St. Augustine is the business center of St. Johns County and was founded 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The city abounds with an astounding array of historic sites and buildings. Take a stroll along historic St. George Street and you drift back to a time when cobblestone streets were the rule of thumb and life was simpler. St. Augustine was an important location during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. To learn more about the area and the Civil Rights Movement see ACCORD. (Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations)
Each year, more than 40 festivals and other events are staged that bring the ambiance of the Old City to life. Many of these annual events feature re-enactments where participants are dressed in period costumes reflecting the St. Augustine of old. For up-to-date events see augustine.com.
Historic downtown is made up of four neighborhoods, Historic Downtown St Augustine, Lincolnville, Abbott Tract and North City. Sometimes a fifth neighborhood, Davis Shores, located directly across the Bridge of Lions is included. To learn more about these neighborhoods see Historic Downtown St. Augustine.