St. Augustine has the honor of being the oldest continually inhabited European city in the
continental United States. The distinct city boasts of the oldest house, the oldest school, the
oldest store, and most impressively, the oldest fort -- the Castillo de San Marcos completed in
1695. Outstanding features are the narrow streets, the simple wooden storefronts and the blocks
of finely preserved ancient homes and churches.
Visitors especially enjoy strolling on St. George Street where the Spanish Quarter is located.
The Spanish Quarter features restored
buildings and gardens where early settlers and soldiers lived with their families more than two
hundred and fifty years ago. It is easy to imagine life in the 18th century as one wanders over
bumpy and uneven paths past dwellings where craftspeople dressed in period clothing recreated
their daily lives.