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Gonzalez-Alvarez House (Oldest House)

14 St. Francis Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-2872
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Getting married
Traveler Description: The Gonzalez-Alvarez House is the oldest house in St. Augustine and the state of Florida.  The house was built sometime between 1702 and 1727, after... more »
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Buffalo, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Although the tour guide was informative, I was not impressed in the house. The landscape seemed dirty and unkept. The tour starts off with the first original modest owners then becomes a card playing bar with a secret stairs leading up to the bedroom. Kinda scary and we were wondering what this was implying? Tacky...I would not waste my time.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A fascinating complex of historic buildings at the heart of St Augustine that brings to life the history of the city before it became a luxurious holiday destination in the 1th century, Brought to life by an excellent guide.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

If you visit Saint Augustine you must see the oldest house. The tour takes you through the various modifications from the Spanish and the British. Make sure you make time to sit in the garden it is beautiful.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I was thinking that this tour would have just been about a broken down house with rotten wood and crumbled concrete....BUT NO it was much more. We had an excellent tour guide that told us all about the history of the house from who bought it and when and what changes they made to it. You can tell the major... More

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Abilene, Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We had trouble finding the location of this house. There were no tours available, nor hours listed when we arrived and nothing in the pamphlets I had. The grounds and exteriors are beautiful, it would be nice to see more and get more information sometime.

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Tampa, Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
38 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

The house and grounds are beautiful and the free parking was nice. The tour was exceptionally informative and the guide was quite enthusiastic about the subject. One thing that was cool was the canon ball that was stuck in the wall from one of the pirate attacks. The biggest thing that was a disappointment...no pictures allowed inside of the buildings.

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San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I enjoyed this tour very much. It was quick, but we were free to explore the grounds, the house with the old maps and history and the museum at leisure. The guide spoke quickly, but had his information down pat. He didn't take the time to answer some of the questions, and seemed impersonal. the museum ladies were very helpful... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

I think the history and the house were interesting, but for the cost it was not worth it. Our tour guide was informative, but more like a robot and rushed us through it. In fairness, He did ask if we had any questions. We were not permitted to take photos and we didn't get to tour the entire house.

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Ocala, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Historic Society gives a great tour of this amazing house. See the two styles of house melded into one. Hear the history of ownership of the house down through the years.

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Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The Oldest House is a unique visit, and if you're short on time, definitely stop by. The tour will take no more than 30 minutes and they have their own parking lot. Admission is $8.00, with discounts for children and military. If you're a St. Johns County resident, it's free. While you're waiting for the tour to begin, you can... More

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