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The Ximenez-Fatio House

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Address: 20 Aviles Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Phone Number: 904-829-3575
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Description: Dating to the Spanish town plan of 1573, the property is a centerpiece of...
Dating to the Spanish town plan of 1573, the property is a centerpiece of St. Augustine’s oldest settlement and is a feature along the city’s first platted thoroughfare, Aviles Street.“The Ximenez~Fatio House museum is one of the first to interpret 19th century women’s history”William Seale, Ph.D.; author, historian, and consultant for interpretation since the 1970’s.
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A Slice of History Preserved!

We stopped by the Ximenez-Fatio House to take a peak at the way things might have been at this well restored and preserved Guest House in historic St. Augustine. The guide was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Ravenna, Ohio
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Ravenna, Ohio
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We stopped by the Ximenez-Fatio House to take a peak at the way things might have been at this well restored and preserved Guest House in historic St. Augustine. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the house and the period and added tremendous insight during the tour.

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Venice, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This house has been kept as original as I think one could keep one. However, without air conditioning, the tour was sweltering on the August day we toured.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The guides are highly knowledgeable and gave great insight into this family's life. They point out how the Spanish and English differed in their architecture and the upgrades to the home over the years. This wasn't great with a young child. You also see some original maps of the area and can walk the gardens.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Lovingly restored by the Colonial Dames, this former boarding house offers a glimpse into the lives of 19th century travellers. Each room is set out as a life of a traveller and the touches of detail and the storytelling of the guide brought this place to life.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The tour guide (a guy) was absolutely AMAZING. Had a wealth of knowledge. He really made the tour. Favorite place to visit

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Valrico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Our family visited St. Augustine for the weekend. Tours run hourly, and our tour guide was an older English woman with a witty personality and very knowledgable about the House. She took us from room to room , explaining each room and the history & antiques in it. We were allowed to go in each room, instead of standing outside... More 

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Midland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Excellent tour (docents are paid employees). The young man who led our tour is a FL history major in college and made every minute of our tour interesting. My granddaughter and I were most impressed with everything about this well maintained home and its furnishings.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Super cool place to visit. It is like going back in time to see how folks used to live. But only about an hour stop at most.

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Mulberry, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Loved hearing about the history of this old house and seeing how it was used in the past. The tour was very small with only 5 people so we were able to look around and ask questions. It was hot as there is no air conditioning and it was a hot summer day but apart from that it was nice.... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was a great experience! Truly one of the best tours I've done in St. Augustine. Gilly was clearly fascinated by the history of the house and eager to share her knowledge with us. I'd go back to hear her expand on specifics about the house and life in St. Augustine at various points of its history.

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