To Our Educator Friends and Homeschooling Parents

We understand these are difficult times. At the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum education is our passion. We are taking this opportunity to help our educator friends discover the very important and unique history of not only the Ximenez-Fatio House, but St. Augustine. On this page you will find materials to help fulfill your requirements as well as fun activities for students of all ages.

If there are any special requests for further information or a specific topic, please reach out to Dr. Roger Smith at [email protected] with any requests.

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!

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! 


Loo Game

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!


China Tea Set

Boarders at Miss Fatio’s were welcomed with a soothing cup of tea or coffee to warm up with on chilly nights in front of her many fireplaces. 



The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum has many fine examples of 18th and 19th century embroidery on display. Ladies started to learn embroidery and sewing from a young age. Techniques were passed down from generation to generation and practiced many hours at home.


Hat Bath

This hat bath would have been the ultimate luxury in its day! After many days or weeks of traveling to St. Augustine a nice hot bath would have been a welcome sight upon checking in to our boarding house!


The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum was built in 1798 by Andres Ximenez for his family. This historic landmark is one of St. Augustine’s finest examples of Spanish Colonial architecture.


Antique Rocking Horse

Did you have a rocking horse as a child? This classic toy was as popular in 1860 as it is today. This horse has a mane made from real horse hair and is hand painted!


Necessary Chair

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. 


Pleating Iron

Staying up to date with the most current fashions was very important to our wealthy clientele. This pleating iron would have been used in our wash house to perfect the pleats in our guests clothing. Miss Fatio’s surely hosted the most fashionable tourists in St. Augustine!


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!

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 Reason to Visit today and in the 1800’s, students can see up close how different life was in the early 1800’s. This activity has students complete a Venn Diagram to discover the differences in life then and now. To enhance the activity, students can create their own brochure advertising their own boarding house business. Click the picture to get started!

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. He or she is to write a friend or relative about their stay. Get even more creative by having students draw their favorite St. Augustine landmark for the front side of their post card! Click the picture to get started!

Early Florida Life

As Seen in The 27th Star

Life was very different in Florida’s early days. No air conditioning or motorized vehicles and lots of bugs! Learn about how Florida became the 27th state and more about life in the 19th century.