Four hundred and fifty years ago, on September 8, 1565, Capitán-General Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stepped ashore at Matanzas Bay and founded St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest continuously occupied European city, port, and parish in the continental United States.
On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – the 450th anniversary date of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida’s colonial capitol – at 9AM, the annual, historical re-enactment of Menéndez’ landing and anniversary commemoration will be presented by Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH – www.floridalivinghistory.org) volunteers at the traditional site of Menéndez’ landing – Mission Nombre de Dios (www.missionandshrine.org), the Birthplace of America and Cradle of Christianity in the continental United States, in St. Augustine, Florida.
This year’s unique 450th Anniversary heritage Event – planned, funded, and produced by non-profit Florida Living History, Inc. – will take place on the original date and on the original site of the “Noble and Loyal City’s” founding in September 1565!
Mission Nombre de Dios is located at 27 Ocean Avenue / St. Augustine, FL / 32084, on the shores of beautiful Matanzas Bay. Admission to this heritage Event is free of charge to the public.
Financial support for 501(c)(3) non-profit Florida Living History, Inc.’s Founding Day 2015 historical re-enactment is provided solely by FLH fund-raising and by the continuing generosity of FLH’s donors. No local public funds are utilized.
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