Cypress Village residents and staff tour Ximenez-Fatio House

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The historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum at 20 Aviles Street in downtown St. Augustine, hosted Cypress Village Jacksonville at Brookdale Senior Living residents and staff during a historic property tour and audio visual presentation on June 25.

The Cypress Village program provided 20 visitors with an opportunity for an educational class and cultural experience during a day excursion from the residential property in Jacksonville.

The recent activity supports the property owners, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida and the organization’s mission to support public outreach which promotes the nation’s heritage through preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. 

As a visitor destination, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours of the buildings and rooms are available from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; the venue is closed Sundays and Mondays. The property is available for group functions including weddings and events. During tours, regular admission is $5 for St. Johns County residents; adults $10; children, students, seniors and military $8, and the family rate is $25. Private group rates are $6.50 per person. 

The Ximenez-Fatio House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Buildings Survey. It is a Florida Heritage Landmark and is also recognized as an integral part of the St. Augustine Town Plan National Historic Landmark District. 

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida was incorporated in 1899. In 1939, they bought the Ximenez-Fatio House from the Fatio heirs to use as their state house museum. Considered as one of St. Augustine’s best-preserved Spanish colonial dwellings, the museum depicts the boarding house lifestyle of Florida’s Territorial/Early Statehood Period. It is one of the first museums in America to interpret 19th century women’s history. Find them on Facebook at ximenez-fatio house museum.

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