Ximenez-Fatio House Museum Virtual Tour and Activities
Click on the picture to explore a virtual tour of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum.
After viewing use the exercises below with your students to enhance their learning experience!
Coloring Book Fun!
Click the picture to check out our Ximenez-Fatio House Museum coloring book for the little ones!
Boarding House Venn Diagram and Advertising Brochure Activity
After viewing our virtual tours, and reviewing our 10 Reasons to Visit Today and in the 1800’s, students can see up close how different life was in the early 1800’s. Click the picture to the left to learn more.
Postcard Writing Activity
This activity allows students to write a post card as if he or she is vacationing at the boarding house in the 1800’s. Click the picture to get started!
Flower Pressing at the Ximenez-Fatio House
The Ximenez-Fatio House has one of the most beautiful and largest tropical gardens in St. Augustine.
Learn how to preserve flowers from your very own garden in this flower pressing tutorial!
Jigsaw Puzzle Fun!
Click on the pictures below to see if you can solve
these digital jigsaw puzzles!
Puzzle instructions: Click on any picture and you will be brought to the JigsawPlanet puzzle page. To play, use your mouse to arrange the puzzle pieces to fit together. Looking for a challenge? Change the number of pieces in the puzzle by hovering your mouse over the “Play As” drop down in the upper right hand corner of the page and select the number of desired pieces. Good Luck!
Its difficult to imagine cooking multiple meals a day in a hearth like this when we have our modern conveniences at hand! But, our boarding house, Miss Fatio’s in particular, was known for its delicious food and service. For a house this size the fire would have been tended 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Our 1798 detached kitchen is one of the last remaining in the south. Kitchens were built detached from houses to prevent the spread of fire and to help keep the larger house as cool as possible in the warm summer months. All of the meals for the house were cooked in the open hearth and pies, pastries and breads were cooked in the adjacent beehive oven.
Lanterloo or simply, Loo, was a very popular card game in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors to Miss Fatio’s were said to have played the game in the evenings after dinner in the guest parlor. Visitors to the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will see a Loo table and game set ready for the next tournament!
A “necessary chair” was a absolute necessity in the Victorian Era! Most homes did not have indoor plumbing and chamber pots were difficult to use, especially for those who were ill. This wooden chair was modified and a chamber pot was installed to make it more comfortable for the user.
Heston the Cat
Meet Heston, our courtyard cat! Heston is well fed and taken care of and in return he takes care of our house. Before commercial exterminators were the norm, cats would have helped homeowners keep their houses and outbuildings pest free. Not only is he a good mouser, he is also very handsome!