If you’ve been downtown anytime over the past year, you’ve seen- and heard- Colonial Quarter construction. Loud thuds, whining saws and the occasional gunshot from the other side of the wall caught the ear of many tourists. Andrew, 6, would beg to peek through cracks in gates so he could see what was happening. Then, last week, we had a chance to step over the ropes and through those gates that loomed in his 6 year old mind for a sneak peek of St. Augustine’s new Colonial Quarter.
Walk with me through a few highlights of St. Augustine’s Colonial Quarter!
Blacksmith at St. Augustine Colonial Quarter Museum
Josh the blacksmith showed us how a colonial smith shaped tools. He also taught us that they would barter to repair or be paid in gold to craft new iron items.
The children enjoyed how hands-on Colonial Quarter Museum is.
As a mom of littles, I was very grateful to find benches liberally placed around the property! We always had somewhere to perch when the big kids needed more time to explore.
A peek into the Colonial Quarter Print Shop:
I can’t wait to see what they do with this printing press!!!
Flags over St. Augustine
This walkway takes visitors into the boatbuilding area and introduces tourists to St. Augustine’s rich heritage.
Colonial St. Augustine’s Gun Smith
Jacob took the time to thoroughly explain the technology behind 1500s weaponry. He is currently repairing & restoring damaged pistols from the time period.
Hands On History at the Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine:
The boys enjoyed feeling the balance and length of a wooden 16th century musket first hand! Unlike Nerf guns, they learned to treat these as practice weapons, not toys!
The Leather Shop
Visitors stamp royal crests into leather – it’s not as easy as it looks!! My “Rampant Lions” always looked like they had vertigo…
St. Augustine’s Best View: The Watch Tower
Okay, the St. Augustine Lighthouse may have a better view… I’d have to go back again to decide!
Hope this quick glimpse piques your interest in St. Augustine’s Colonial Quarter!! Grand opening is March 16, 2013, though you can go in now during their “soft opening” period. I loved spending time in the Spanish Quarter before it closed… I’m proud that the Colonial Quarter took the foundations laid years ago and elevated the Colonial Quarter to a fuller experience that also teaches St. Augustine’s history!