The Ximenez-Fatio House
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,346 contributions
Jan 2022
The Ximenez-Fatio House was a boarding house that dates back hundreds of years in St. Augustine. What is notable is that every room in the house is both preserved and open to tour. The tour itself is an audio guide with 23 stops of 1-3 minutes each that goes through the dining room, the many bedrooms (the house was a boarding house) and the laundry and kitchen. I appreciated being able to thoroughly explore this interesting property.
Written January 8, 2022
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,303 contributions
Mar 2022
We came very close to not going to this museum because I was not getting a sense of what there was to see from the website. But we decided to go and I’m so glad we did. This home served as several businesses for the families who lived upstairs and also as a boarding home. It’s been restored to the time it was a boarding home. You visit pretty much all the rooms in the home. Our tour took about an hour and our docent was very knowledgeable. There are a lot of very cool antiques and personal items throughout the home.
Written March 15, 2022
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Kelly B
Iowa4,211 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Full disclosure: I turned off the audio tour after the second stop, preferring to just walk through without it.

This atmospheric house is not fancy by any means, but seems very historically accurate. My favorite part was viewing the second and third stories. I believe the docent said the third story was just recently opened to tour.

This is well worth a stop, especially to get an old Florida feel.
Written March 15, 2022
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Thomas C
Saegertown, PA332 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
If you are looking for a different museum experience, then this is your place. Three mornings a week they put on a one woman play that explains the life of a slave as you move room to room in the house. Rather than looking at items and reading a description, "I Lived Here As Well" provides a human connection to the daily activities of a servant. I highly recommend the museum, but if you can try to attend the play.
Written February 24, 2022
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Anthony P
3 contributions
Jul 2020
Shelby was a great tour guide as she led my husband and I into all the rooms of the house, explaining with great detail the events and occurrences that have happened there. She provided back story on the material used to build the house, to the beautiful dishes laid out in the dining room, to the delicate artifacts found in the upstairs bedroom. If you love history you will appreciate this tour as you see first hand how life was for the folk who lived and stayed in the historic Victorian home. A must see!
Written July 12, 2020
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Mrs H and I!
Alabama134 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
If you have not figured it out yet, I am a history buff. We were the first visitors this morning and so we again had a one of one with our tour guide, Stephanie, who was very knowledgeable.

Artifacts abounded and I recognized many things that I had recovered either metal detecting or mud larking.

The building is full of period artifacts and the staff are dressed in period clothing.

Stephanie was also open to learning about artifacts that I recognized and she was unfamiliar with.

It made for a great hour spent delving into the history of St Augustine.

If you are into history then I highly recommend this museum!!
Written June 19, 2020
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FLAsun1
Orlando, FL65 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
With Covid closing my usual haunts, I’ve taken to visiting the smaller museums in town and I am very glad I did. This museum is wonderfully done. The rooms are at your leisure and you can actually walk about the space and examine everything up close - no touching of course. This allows for a closer examination of history than most places will ever let you. The audio tour by room is very engaging and full of interesting observations and tid bits. You can tell this place is well loved. The director, Roger, was there and is an engaging person to talk to. Lovely experience and highly recommended.
Written January 26, 2021
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Julie Anna G
Morton, IL87 contributions
Mar 2021
this house costs $10 to tour and an audio tour comes with it. You get to tour the majority of the complex with information about building materials as well as who and when lived there and what they did. I enjoyed that you get to go in each room and walk among the furniture and flooring. So many old homes have areas roped off, but here you can walk around and be among the things as a person who lived there would. Of course, they ask you not to sit on the furniture. Good place for families with children.
Written March 26, 2021
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rachelwest8
Charlottesville, VA42 contributions
Jun 2020
On our first trip to St. Augustine we were not even aware of this house, but on our second go around at the city we were happy to have stumbled upon it. It offers a very interesting look at colonial history in St. Augustine, especially mentioning the important people that made their way to the city in the 1800s to stay in this boarding house. it doesn't take very long to get through the house, but it's well worth it.
Written June 20, 2020
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Rebecca L
Atlanta, GA1,371 contributions
Aug 2020
We only had time to see one house/museum in St. Augustine and we're so glad we chose this. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, handing us sanitized palm fans to carry throughout the tour. Our guide, Shelby was wonderful and so knowledgable about history. We were the only people on the tour and she was able to connect with my teenage daughter who is usually shy. We learned so much about Florida during the 1800's. I had no clue that to travel from St. Augustine to Tallahassee, people would take a boat up to Charleston, catch a sea-worthy vessel and sail all the way around the southern tip of Florida. Because travel was so arduous people usually stayed at their destination for months or years - which is why this house was so important as a boarding house (pre hotel era) from 1830-1875.
Written August 16, 2020
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