The Woodford Southeastern Trip (Part 2)

We continue on our trip through St. Augustine with a shot of “The Oldest House in St. Augustine”:

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This is the Gonzales-Alvarez house which is believed to have been built sometime in the 16th century. Somehow it survived through the near-constant change in rule and fires that were so prevalent in cities of that time. A local tour webpage has a stunningly detailed compilation about this house from many sources.

Oldest House Photographer: William Henry Jackson, 1843-1942, Related Names: Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher Date Created/Published: c1902.
Oldest House
Photographer: William Henry Jackson, 1843-1942,
Related Names: Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher
Date Created/Published: c1902.

You will note the money vine that is climbing all over the back of the building and, in the 1902 picture, heading toward the front. Now, assuming that it didn’t run afoul a pruning gardener, we might think that the 1902 picture came AFTER Mr. Woodford’s. That puts the picture a bit earlier than I might have thought. But there it is.

If you looked at the tour guide’s photos or the current street view you would see that the building has changed a great deal over the years.

And here are the folks sitting around in the yard:

 

Let us now go onto the St. Augustine Market:

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Here is a picture from 1893:

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Photo from 1893. Photonegative of a cyanotype. Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.

Look at the size of the trees planted next to the market structure. They seem to be just a bit larger in Mr. Woodford’s picture. So does that put us in the late 1890’s then?

It is still there and there is yet another exhaustive web site telling of the history.

Alright, that’s enough for now. Many more to come.

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