“Finally, I’ve been free as long as I’ve been a slave”
I Lived Here, As Well
“I Lived Here As Well: The Story Continues”
Welcome back, avid followers of our captivating journey! Prepare to immerse yourselves in the eagerly awaited 4th chapter of ‘I Lived Here As Well.’ This time, get ready to witness the unfolding narratives of both familiar and new characters, adding depth and intrigue to our ever-evolving tale. For those stepping into this enchanting narrative for the first time, brace yourselves to meet a diverse ensemble of characters from various eras, each embodying distinct roles in our house’s storied history.
Over the 225-year history of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, many have come through our doors. Weary travelers welcomed through the proper front entrance, guests enjoyed the luxuries of home, with a bit of Florida style, and the ill healed in the midst of warm sunshine and clean sea breezes. There were some who passed through our doors, however, who were unseen. Those who may have used the front door but went unnoticed. Some who never used the front door as they rarely left. They lived here, as well, but their stories are not as widely known. We at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum believe the time has come to share their story. “I Lived Here, As Well” is their story.
At the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, guests are invited to step into a 225-year-old boarding house and experience, firsthand, the stories of the people that lived within it. The “I Lived Here, As Well” program is a series of interpretive Black History tours in which the ‘tour guides’ are actors who portray several characters from St. Augustine’s past. Some of these characters are people who we know lived in the house, like Louisa Williams, a previously enslaved woman who was freed by Union troops in St. Augustine in 1862. Other characters were crafted to represent enslaved and freed people who were documented as working in this house, but whose names were never recorded.
The staff of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum would like to extend a special thank you to the organizations listed below who have made this program available to the public through their generous support. – Thank you!