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González–Álvarez House

Built around 1723, this is the oldest surviving home in the U.S.'s oldest colonial city.  

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Located in one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the United States is the González–Álvarez House—though it may be better known as the Oldest House. Built around 1723 by Spanish colonial settlers, it is believed to be the oldest surviving house in St. Augustine, Florida.

The home is well-preserved and packed with information for visitors. Stepping through the front door is like stepping into a time machine into another world. The rooms are set up to help you visualize the period and the lives of its inhabitants with the style of furniture its original occupants might have enjoyed. The structure itself is stunning and marks the Spanish Colonial architecture common in the area. This beautiful home compliments the green wonderland outside. 

The garden is well-kept and absolutely breathtaking, with lush green grass and flowers blooming in all corners of yard. Throughout the yard, you’ll find statues paying homage to the changing seasons standing in arches of a paved walkway that leads to the house.

This entire journey is coupled with a self-guided tour you can take through the complex. It is wonderful to learn at your own pace and find the information you are genuinely interested in.

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