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The Ximenez-Fatio House

20 Aviles Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Holland, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Kalen was our tour guide. He demonstrated a passion for St. Augustine and Florida history. I normally lose my focus on these types of tours, but Kalen made the subject matter come alive such that my wife and I hated for the tour to end. His vast knowledge of Florida history was incorporated into the tour and stirred our interest... More

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Sunny Florida
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29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Seeing this house and hearing all of the stories behind it really brought history to life. Our knowledgeable guide, Gilly, pointed out all of the details and explained the hows and whys behind the layout of the home and the way the residents lived. I really liked seeing the window with a former resident's name and date etched in it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Very interesting & well done tour. The tour guide is an expert in Florida history and was very entertaining.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

For me, this was one of the more interesting tours in Saint Augustine. The tour guide did a fantastic job giving the history of this house. There were some neat pieces displayed from that time period, especially the "fan" during lunch. There are some pieces that didn't belong to that time period, but were donated to the X-F House so... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This house is amazing, and a nice representation of what life was like during the period. The house is well preserved, and the grounds are also very pleasant and well kept. The tour guide we had was excellent, but I've forgotten her name (it was Saturday, November 1st.. Sorry!)

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have wanted to visit this historic site for many years, but somehow managed to miss being in SA when it was opened. I was finally able to take a tour on my most recent visit; I really enjoyed it. It is a significant property in SA. The guide was very knowledgeable and professional. I learned a lot and can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This was by far our favorite tour!! Kalen (sp?) the guide was amazing!! You could tell he knew the history- he wasn't just reciting a script he'd been given! This house is the real deal for anyone wanting to see a real piece of St. Augustine history!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is a must see and should be top of any of your lists. We had a fasinating hour long guided tour and walked away having learnt a lot about not only the history of the house but the history of Saint Augustine and Florida. The house is restored true to the way it would have been when it was... More

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Liverpool UK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We were very impressed with our visit. The house in large and the guided tour is excellent. Some original items remain in the house and have been used to very good effect. This is one of the oldest houses in the oldest street in the oldest town in America. This is American history come to life and should be given... More

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Southold, New York
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

An authentic mid 19th century St. Augustine boarding house. I love the practically of life during this period, both in the layout of the house and the furnishings. Each guest room is themed toward the variety of boards who may have resided there. You have to see the downstairs dining room and the upstairs private parlor. A very enjoyable tour.

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