Saturday, June 16, 2012

Heritage Tourism Starts Here

I was reading the Heritage Tourism
Assessment & Recommendations for St. Augustine, Florida
 other day. It talks about 'cultural tourism' and I was interested by what I read. "Historic sites and museums may become the primary method for the next generation of travelers to learn about American history because they are no longer receiving that education in high school or college".

A sad commentary about our American schools yes, but great news for places like Charleston SC, Savannah, GA, and New Orleans who are furtunate enough to still be dripping in history. And of course, so is St Augustine FL, where you can see more historic sites per square –foot than anywhere else in America. For instance, St Augustine is the place I learned, years ago. about Europeans in the new world. I leand more than I had in any history book or history class – and History was my favorite subject!

So to help visitors to St Augustine, I have developed Heritage Tourism itineraries for them to follow. In the upcoming months I will post the others, below is Day-1 for the cultural tourist. We hope you book your room at the Inn on Charlotte, and begin your adventure today!

Cultural Heritage Travel Itinerary: 
Day 1: Discover St Augustine Florida
In 1513 Juan de Ponce de Leon discovered Florida and you can see where at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. At the park the visitor will see 1) The Planetarium and lean how sailors of that day navigated across the seas in the planetarium; 2) Titucua Indian Exhibit and lean how native inhabitance hunted and fished, made clothing, and lived; and see a 16th century weapon of war loaded and fired.

In 1565 the King Philip II of Spain sent Don Pedro Menendez to the new world to establish, and defend, ‘the faith’ (Catholicism) in the new world against the ‘non-believers’ (French Protestants). Just south of the Fountain of Youth Park at Mission de Nombre de Dios, Pedro Menendez landed with his small army, craftsmen, and their families. The site is marked with a huge cross and small chapel in the woods. It’s a peaceful place to contemplate the enormous task Pedro and his troop had ahead of them. Today there is also a museum on the site worth seeing.

So from your friends at the Inn on Charlotte, get out there and discover what there is to learn beyond the books and professors.

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