April 30, 2008

Historic St. Marys, Georgia

The water tower welcomes us to Historic St. Marys, Georgia.

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys recently celebrated its 200th anniversary.

Marlon sits near the spot where six oak trees were planted in 1799 as a memorial following the death of President George Washington.

Orange Hall is an example of Greek Revival Architecture!

Doug shows off his newly-purchased Passport to Your National Parks.

Many of the houses located on the main street of St. Marys, Osborne Street, are now B & Bs or cafes.

The community waterfront park opened in 2001.

Viewing the St. Marys River from the St. Mary's Waterfront Park.

Listen to the bells of The First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys in this video.
For more pictures, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/historic-st-marys-g/ .

To be continued...

April 29, 2008

King George RV Resort, Woodbine, Georgia

Today we headed to Georgia.

Along the way, we passed near Jacksonville.

The Downtown Jacksonville skyline.

Welcome to Georgia!

Welcome to King George RV Resort in Woodbine, Georgia which may actually be in Kingsland, Georgia.

The park had nice long pull-throughs with no trees. While trees are nice for shade, they have a tendency to get in the way of slide outs and satellite dishes.

The pool was directly in front of our site.

For a few more pictures of King George RV Resort, go to
http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/king-george-rv-resort/ .

To be continued...

April 27, 2008

More Sights of St. Augustine

The Cathedral of St. Augustine is home of the oldest Catholic parish of the present day United States.

As we learned at The Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Leon discovered Florida in 1513. The plaque on this statue proclaims very specifically that he "landed near this spot". How near we are left to wonder.

St. George Street's pedestrian mall has quite a variety of shops and restaurants.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument served as protection for the city of St. Augustine during many colonial wars from the 16th to the 19th century.

"I'm crushing your head! I'm crushing your head!"

A horse waits patiently for a paying customer.

In the early days, only Catholics could be buried inside the St. Augustine city wall. The wall's gate is shown below.

Marlon bears an uncanny resemblance to someone else besides Napoleon.

Doug poses with an old friend from the Spanish Military Hospital Museum just before beginning A Ghostly Encounter Walking Tour of St. Augustine.

The Military Hospital is an "authentic" haunted building known for performing hundreds of amputations from 1784-1821.

This was the hospital's recovery room where spirits have often been encountered.

As history goes, the amputated body parts are buried under the cobblestoned Aviles Street on which the hospital stands.

In this photo, our tour guide demonstrates how he can turn himself into a ghostly spirit.

Searching for ghosts in the cemetery...spooky!

For more pictures of these St. Augustine activities, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/st-augustine-florida/ pictures 179-256.

Back near the RV park we found this huge Harley Davidson store.

Next we are headed to Georgia.

To be continued...

Old St. Augustine Village

Next we headed over to the heart of downtown St. Augustine.

Behind this wall you will find Old St. Augustine Village.

Also known as The Dow Museum of Historic Houses, named after founder Kenneth Worcester Dow, the Village is comprised of nine historic homes dating from 1790 to 1910.

The houses are arranged on one city block with courtyards and sideyards similar to the era represented.

Marlon thinks.

Most (if not all) of the houses of this era featured wooden stoves similar to this one for cooking and heating.

This is the second floor of the Prince Murat House. Prince Achille Murat, living within these walls in the 1820's, was this house's most famous occupant. Nephew of Napoleon, the Prince came to marry great-grandniece of George Washington, Catherine Gray. Through her marriage to Prince Murat, Catherine became the first American-born princess.

Here Marlon attempts to demonstrate his resemblance to who we believe is Prince Murat's uncle, Napolean Bonaparte. The resemblance is uncanny.

Making music on this harp is harder than it looks. No harm came to this stringless harp in the taking of this photograph.

Fountains and chairs in the courtyards outside the houses make for a quiet place to relax.

Wildlife was abundant in Old St. Augustine Village.

It was on this site, now part of Old St. Augustine Village, that President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was officially issued in Florida.

This room is part of The Carpenter House. The Carpenter House has a unique lean to it which resulted when it detached from its foundation most likely during a 1944 hurricane and flood.

A typical bathroom of the early 1900's, when running water was available of course. Note the apparent lack of storage as compared to most modern bathrooms with vanities. And no shower here.

The streets surrounding old St. Augustine Village were of the original cobblestone variety.

For more pictures of Old St. Augustine Village, go to
http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/st-augustine-florida/ pictures 98-178.

To be continued...

Old Jail of St. Augustine, Florida

After visiting The Fountain of Youth, we headed just down the street to see St. Augustine's Old Jail up close...

Doug got to see it up close AND personal when he got to occupy the birdcage.

Built by the same company that would later build the infamous Alcatraz, this old jail featured the gallows for the really bad criminals.

Doug tried out a bunk in Maximum Security.

Marlon experienced the insanity of solitary confinement first-hand.

This is said to be the only known photograph of Sheriff Joe Perry who served as St. Augustine's sheriff from 1889-1897 and 1901-1919. Seems strange he was voted out one term in between.

Marlon rests in a general jail population cell.

Different varieties of cuffs and shackles used throughout the years.

The sheriff's family resided at The Old Jail. This was their parlor located on the ground floor near Maximum Security.

The family's bedrooms were on the upper level near the general jail population.

This is the children's bedroom. A display in the living quarters stated that "the children knew that danger lurked on the other side of the wall and said their prayers nightly."

Here's a video from The Fountain of Youth and The Old Jail. For more pictures, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/st-augustine-florida/ pictures 64-97.

To be continued...