Trees along the North Course at Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, FL.
To my everlasting regret, I don’t always remember to take my camera with me when I go for walks. But this time I did.
A late afternoon setting sun bathed the trees in a warm glow and the golf course fairway appears almost perfect in the background. Continue reading
Henry Plant was an industrialist in the Tampa area during the Glided Age. One of his major projects was the construction of the Tampa Hotel which was a major attraction for celebrities such as Thomas Edison, Teddy Roosevelt and others.
“Party like it’s 1565” seemed to be just about everywhere in St. Augustine. The catchy phrase showed up on T-shirts, bumper stickers and perhaps even tramp stamps. (I didn’t spend any time investigating the latter.)
Hotel Alcazar building in downtown St. Augustine houses the Lightner Museum along with City Hall and various other shops . This 1887 Spanish Renaissance Revival style building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The slogan refers to the Florida city’s founding, making it the oldest continuously occupied, European-settled cities on the North American continent. All of the conditionals are important because there are challengers to the claim. Let’s just say St. Augustine is old. But partying like it was 1565? That’s the unintended story of St. Augustine in a nutshell.
Those who know anything about history, understand that there really wasn’t much to party about in 1565. Ivan The Terrible was about to become terrible. England was still attempting to recover from Henry VIII. France and Spain were jostling for control of the New World. The Spanish would execute some 300 French soldiers and sailors in settling and defending St. Augustine.