Yep, if it’s St. Augustine, it must be the oldest something or other—this time, it’s a house that’s the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida. Since the 1600s, the Gonzalez-Alvarez house was influenced by the Spanish, British, and American occupations of St. Augustine. Today, it’s part of a larger complex of old stuff that you can tour to see just how people lived back in those truly olden days. Among the sites you will see at the complex: The Manucy Museum, covering over 400 years of Florida’s history; the Page L. Edwards Gallery, with various changing exhibits also reflecting St. Augustine’s biggest export besides datil peppers—yep, you guessed it, history; the Oldest House Garden, and a detached 18th-century kitchen.
- Frommer's Staff