Everyday Life Tour
Student and Adult Group Tours
The Ximenez-Fatio House Presents: Mortality and Mourning – A Century of Death
Our classic museum tour gives guests a broad overview of the over 220 years of history at the Ximenez-Fatio House. Beginning in 1798, with the construction of the home during the Second Spanish Period by our first owner, Andres Ximenez, explore how townsfolk lived in Colonial Spanish Florida. As you move into the American Territorial Period beginning in 1821, discover how early American Floridians created a new industry: tourism. Meet our first woman owner who converted the residence into a fine boarding house for visitors. We will tell you about the women who own this building and property, the people who ran it, and the guests who frequented it.
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum’s Everyday Life tour is available Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Docent guided tours are available at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm, weather permitting. Self-guided audio tours are available at any time.
We love group tours! Whether you are looking for a unique learning opportunity for your student or adult group or a fun afternoon with friends, we have something to offer. Our wide offering of group programming is customizable according to your groups interests and time available for your visit.
We offer student tours to grades K-12 and college level. For lifelong learners, we can customize a tour perfect for your group’s interests and itinerary. For more information and to book contact our office at (904) 829-3575.
Our annual Twilight Tour is back with a deathly twist. An untimely death has occurred and the XF House has gone into mourning. During this after-hours candlelight tour of the museum, learn about the ways St. Augustine townsfolk of the 1800’s practiced medicine and mourning rituals from Spanish-American last rites, Victorian Spiritualism, to Afro-Caribbean practices. Learn how illnesses were treated with at-home remedies from our colonial garden and original 1798 kitchen. A rotation of guest storytellers will share their spookiest short story with guests, as well. This is a family-friendly nighttime activity for anyone looking to get into the Halloween spirit! Tours will take place every Friday and Saturday night from September 30 to October 29. Tickets are $15.00 per person.
Sally A. Kellogg Lecture Series
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida along with grant support from the James and Sally Anne Kellogg Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation are proud to present: Uncovering Black Society in 19th Century Florida. As a continuation of the stories heard in “I Lived Here, As Well” we will further explore the lives of early black Floridians and learn more about some of the invisible hands portrayed in our annual program.
All proceeds will go to the preservation and restoration of this unique coquina and tabby 1798 constructed house museum, which portrays 19th century life of owners, guests, and servants in a fashionable Boarding House in the heart of old St. Augustine. Click here to register and learn more about the “Save Our Coquina” fund!
Professional Paranormal Investigations
This isn’t your average St. Augustine ghost tour; each event is an immersive and professional experience where we open the museum after hours to discover who remains long after our guests and guides go home for the evening. Are you brave enough to experience the ghostly side of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum? Join us for one of our professional paranormal investigations hosted by premier local investigators, A Night Among Ghosts. Click here to find out more and buy tickets!
I Lived Here, As Well
The second chapter of our specialty program, “I Lived Here, As Well – A Woman’s Story” has closed for the 2022 season. However, for our guests who would like to learn more about the people and places featured in our program, this October we are presenting the Sally A. Kellogg Lecture Series featuring Dr. Jane Landers, Ms. Alcione Amos, Dr. Anthony Dixon, James Bullock and Charmin Russell. All lectures will be virtual to allow guests to conveniently watch from home. More details and registration info can be found here!
The next chapter of our in-person programming of “I Lived Here, As Well” will return in early 2023. Check back for more details!
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