History, Jail and Murder

On October 10, 2012, Ivan and I did laundry at the B&B. 

We walked to the St. Augustine’s downtown area.  Ivan and I had lunch at Schmagel’s Bagels.  I got a Jammin’ Salmon wrap while Ivan had a vegetable wrap and an everything bagel with hummus.

We walked down the street to The Hyppo which sells gourmet popsicles.  Ivan got the spicy hot chocolate while I got pineapple and cilantro.  Both popsicles were tasty.

We went on the St. Augustine Gold Tours.  Peter who runs the tour company grew up in the same city as Ivan’s mum.  Peter took us around the city.  St. Augustine is the oldest occupied city in America.  He talked about Henry Flagler an oil millionaire who made St. Augustine into a travel destination.  We also heard about the legend of the Fountain of the Youth. 

We heard a lot about the city.  Peter seemed to like the coquina which is sedimentary made out of the fragment of shells.  The coquina is quite resilient when used to create walls.  The tour was good, but it seemed a bit jumbled. Ivan thought he should have started at the beginning of the history of St. Augustine.

After, we walked around St. Georges Street.  Ivan and I got a raspberry and dark truffle and a datil pepper chocolate at Whetstone Chocolates. 

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Lil Dave got a banana truffle.

Later, we went to the Oldest Sore Museum Experience.  In the front of the room there was a store that sold candy, medicine and products like a a milkshake maker that shook a container up and down.  In the back, there were more things like telephones, washing machines, sewing machines and vacuum cleaners.

Ivan added on the Jail tour for $3 for each person.  We went to visit the Old St. Johns County Jail.  Our guide was a man named William Ungrie.  He was dressed in a black and white jail outfit.  One of the other guides described him as looking like Santa Claus on meth which was a very accurate description. 

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He told us about how the women were separated from the men.  The women were in charge of all the cleaning and cooking.  The men and women never saw each other.

The toilet was a bucket that was emptied by throwing it out a window. 

The men worked really hard digging ditches.  Their cells were separated by whites and blacks.

There weren’t any windows in the jail and bugs and rats got in. 

We also saw the recreated gallows outside.

William really enjoyed his job and was very interesting to listen to.

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Ivan drove us to Present Moment Café for dinner.  It’s a raw food restaurant.  We shared the kale avocado, sunrise vegetables and mango samosas.  The cacao torte with rum bananas was delicious.  It was a wonderful meal.

Our last tour was the City Walks’ History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder! tour.  Alan was our guide.  He told us real-life stories that occurred in St. Augustine.  Alan was born to tell stories.  One of the stories was about Dr. Weedon who became friends with a dying Seminole prisoner named Osceola.  He befriended the prisoner.  After death, the doctor convinced the Seminoles that he was going to make a death mask of Osceola.  The doctor ended up chopping his head off and putting in a glass of formaldehyde.  He would scare his kids with this head.  The head was given to one of the kids, but he wanted nothing to do with it.  It was donated to the Surgical and Pathological Museum.  There was a fire at the museum and the head wasn’t found.  So, I wonder who has the head now. 

This was a wonderful tour that was very entertaining.

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