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Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
This Spanish cross from the 1600s was excavated on the grounds and is on display at the museum. 6.50 Florida ratingStar
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The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is a historic house and a small related museum that is representative of the property when it was used as a boarding house in the mid-1800s. The house is shown via a walking tour that incorporates rooms on both the first and second floor as well as a kitchen in a separate building. The modest museum has a half dozen historical panels and a short introduction video. There also were a few historical artifacts.

The house dates from 1798 when it was owned by Andres Ximenez and used as both a residence and a general store. In 1830 Margaret Cook purchased the property and converted it into a boarding house. Additional rooms were added for guests and living quarters for slaves. Over the years the house was owned by several additional owners, but no additional major renovations were made. When a historical society purchased the property in 1939 it had fallen into disrepair. The house was restored to a 1800s appearance and an onsite museum opened shortly thereafter. Several archeological excavations also have taken place here.

The tour was provided by a pleasant and informative older lady. There were only a handful of participants so it was easy to see everything and to be able to ask questions. The tour covers major rooms such as a dining room, several bedrooms, and a parlor area. The house temperature also was comfortable on a cool January day. A primary tour emphasis was the extensive period furniture with a secondary discussion of the women who owned and ran the boarding house. It was moderately interesting overall but will have less appeal for kids. As St. Augustine is chockfull of historical sites and attractions, it’s unlikely you will have time to visit everything that might be of interest. The Ximenez-Fatio House ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack of historical sites here. It provides a reasonably interesting perspective of how a 19th century boarding house looked and operated, and it can be seen well in an hour.
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