The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Year: 2020

  • Women’s Suffrage and the 1918 Pandemic

    Women’s Suffrage and the 1918 Pandemic

    Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of women suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change to the Constitution – the right for women to vote. In 1918, Spanish Influenza swept the globe infecting one-third of the world’s population. Just like today, the […]

  • Great American Treasures

    Great American Treasures

    The United States is filled with treasures of every kind, from natural wonders to architectural inspirations; from scientific genius and discovery to institutions of great wisdom. But some of our greatest treasures are measured by the history they represent. The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum has the distinct honor to be a member of just such a […]

  • Cooking in COVID!

    Cooking in COVID!

    With many of us staying close to home these days I think we’ve all felt a little more creative and have found ourselves experimenting with new recipes, household projects, or in my case, a lot more online shopping! Follow the wonderful Betsy along in her kitchen as she tests one of our delicious recipes from […]

  • Flower Pressing at the Ximenez-Fatio House Garden

    Flower Pressing at the Ximenez-Fatio House Garden

    There are so many wonderful reasons why our on-site staff love working at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, but one near the very top of the list is being surrounded every day by our beautiful gardens. We have lush tropical plants such as many varieties of vibrant hibiscus, banana, pomelo and, our famous Seville oranges. In […]

  • Baking with XF: Florida Orange Bread

    Baking with XF: Florida Orange Bread

    Total Prep Time: ~20 minutes Total Cook Time: 1.5 hours Greetings, browsers of the Internet. I hope this blog reaches you in good health and spirits. My name is Cheyenne—I am a historical interpreter at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. As the title reads, this is a blog post that will follow my endeavors to bake. […]

  • The Human Spirit

    The Human Spirit

    The human spirit is an unwavering thing. By nature, we are curious and optimistic even in the most uncertain times. Grounded in family, community, and shared experience there is a constant that can be found across time and miles. When faced with the worst and the unimaginable is often when we find the best in […]

  • The “New” Museum World of 2020

    The world has been changed by the outbreak of COVID-19, not only on a personal level but also professionally for museums of all sizes and styles. Virtually overnight, museums were tasked with determining how to keep their audience engaged while both the museum staff and their followers were sheltered at home. We at the Ximenez-Fatio […]

  • What’s Normal?

    Working in an historic home, one gets a daily dose of how simple life used to be, yet continually amazed at how “modern” some of the items we have in the museum were to the 19th century lifestyle. If these folks only knew how much their lives and expectations from society were about to change. […]

  • The Essential Service of Storytelling

    The Essential Service of Storytelling

    At the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum we interpret 19th-century historic living, as seen in the lives of three single women who owned, consecutively, this grand old house and operated a very respected boarding house within its walls. Here we offer a glimpse at the simplicity of the 19th century, as we display its most fashionable designs […]

  • The Asiatic Cholera Pandemic

    The Asiatic Cholera Pandemic

    April 13, 2020 This latest pandemic is not the first time that St. Augustine has experienced a quarantine. On October 1834, when Dr. Seth Peck, his wife Sarah, and their children Mary, Rebecca, John, Lucy, and baby Sarah arrived in St. Augustine, they were not allowed to disembark. The schooner Topic, which brought them from […]