St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History – Karen Harvey

A Pictorial History of St. Augustine and St. Johns County

This coffee-table style pictorial history of St. Augustine and St. Johns County was first published in 1980 (now in its ninth printing) by Donning Company Publishers of Norfolk, Virginia, the largest specialty pictorial history publisher in the United States. It is a summary of the rich history spanning more than four centuries of survival and success in St. Augustine, the Nation’s Oldest City. Well-documented text succinctly describes historic events with maps, charts and illustrations depicting the earliest centuries and photographs focusing on life after the camera.

Pictorial History of St. Augustine and St. Johns County
The book is divided into the natural time periods of St. Augustine’s history. The story of the arrival of the founder, Don Pedro Menédez de Avilés in 1565 lends credence to the claim of this settlement being older than the British counterparts of Jamestown, Virginia (established 1607) and Plymouth Colony (1620).

The short twenty-year British Period of 1763-1784 is given substance with attention placed on the families of the group known as Minorcans who arrived in St. Augustine in 1777 and to this day remain the core group of St. Augustine’s population.

The return of the Spanish and the arrival of the peninsula into the fold of the United States bring the book up to the Gilded Age of Henry Morrison Flagler.   Flagler was a legendary in the development of Florida’s history.  Having made himself wealthy  in a partnership with John D. Rockefeller, he came to Florida and envisioned the potential we see today.  His histroy in the railroad business only made it all the more rich. The story of growth and change continues until 1980.

The book remains popular with residents whose roots are deeply planted in the soil as well as newcomers eager to familiarize themselves with the town and with visitors wishing to take a bit of history home with them.

St. Augustine Enters The Twenty-First Century

St. Augustine Enters The Twenty first Century

From this book, one can learn what is indeed old and what features have been introduced over time. Sections on black history, religion and our precious coastline are included along with a look at traditional historic sites and evolving landmarks. An entire chapter is devoted to the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. Archeological discoveries over the decades provide new insights into our history.

The volume covers the past three decades of change covering the ’80s, ’90s and into 2000. It is a companion piece to St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History published in 1980 covering the five decades leading to the founding of St. Augustine and the subsequent survival of America’s first continuously occupied European settlement.

The volume of 224 pages and 233 color and black and white photos provides insights into recent changes in the Oldest City. While striving to preserve its history and heritage, the town continues to keep in step with inevitable growth and development.

Black history is covered with the new Freedom Trail featured. Religious growth and changes in the ever changing St. Johns County is described.  The World Golf Hall of Fame and the Tournament Players Championship (TPC) at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra came about during this time period.