Context. A person who looks to the past to understand the present. Someone who learns best when placing what is learned into the context of other important dynamics and the history of what is being learned.
Learner. Simply that. A person who loves to learn. Who wants to continue searching and learning. Someone who is energized by the very process of learning, and gets a thrill out of learning new facts.
Put these two together, and you get a history buff like me. I love history. I love learning about the past. I enjoy looking at the past in the perspective of those living during that time so that I can understand how we got to where we are today. American history is especially fascinating to me. The way our nation developed and grew into the powerhouse it is today is a subject I can't get enough of.
Imagine my thrill, then, to step into the past at St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter. Similar to Colonial Williamsburg (though much smaller in size), the Colonial Quarter invites you to see St. Augustine as it was in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. There are tours and demonstrations to watch and learn about common life when St. Augustine was a new settlement and how it evolved through the centuries. I could not have been happier. Even my kids, who are not big history buffs like I am, found the Colonial Quarter to be extremely interesting and fun.
A quilt rack
Our tour guide was also the gun shop owner. He showed us how the old muskets were loaded and then gave a demonstration that was quite interesting!
Tomen las armas! (Take up your weapons!)
Preparen las armas! (Prepare your weapons!)
Apunten las armas! (Literally, point your weapons, or Aim!)
Disparen las armas! (Fire your weapons!)
There were approximately 500 households when the British took over possession of Florida, and all heads of household were part of the Spanish militia, trained to protect their territory. It was a great honor to go daily and train.
The Colonial Quarter was an incredible, full morning of learning and reliving life in the past. I purchased the tickets online and got a package deal, the Colonial Quarter and the Pirate and Treasure Museum next door, for $21.99 per person. While the pirate museum had some interesting artifacts, we all agreed it was pretty small and we were able to see it all in about 45 minutes. The Colonial Quarter had way more to see and explore and was worth the time spent there. We would definitely visit the Colonial Quarter again and recommend it to anyone visiting St. Augustine.