We at The Old Powder House Inn want to host you in our charming, turn-of-the-century Bed & Breakfast. We are located in the heart of the St Augustine, Florida’s Historic District. You will be just steps from St. George Street, incredible restaurants and many St. Augustine attractions. Stroll the cobblestone streets and enjoy the very best St. Augustine has to offer. We have provided extensive information on our site about all the wonderful activities, beaches, and shopping to discover in our nation’s oldest city!
To appreciate the rich culture and heritage of St. Augustine, it’s important to understand how the Old City came to be. The colony of St. Augustine was first founded by the Spanish when Pedro Menendez de Aviles and 600 soldiers landed on the Florida coast in September 1565. Menendez de Aviles had been commissioned by the King of Spain to drive out pirates. The French garrison stationed itself on the St. Johns River to establish and protect Spain’s claim and interests in Florida. The Spanish had some very lucrative treasure ventures in Central and South America, but as the ships returned to Spain, they were being looted by pirates hiding out along the coast of Florida. By 1695, the Spaniards had built a well fortified fort, Castillo de San Marcos, made of coquina, a hard rock-like material made of broken shells. It is due to the hard material and immense structure of the fort that St. Augustine was never conquered.
I In 1885, Henry Flagler came to St. Augustine and changed the Old City forever. He brought the railroad industry to Florida and with it, tourists. Flagler developed golf courses, yacht racing and beaches to enjoy, and the nation’s elite flocked to St. Augustine to enjoy fresh air, sunshine and social refinement. In 1899, the Old Powder House Inn was built, and today, the house is a fine example of the Victorian architectural elements that characterized Flagler’s era. Come appreciate the old world romance, scenic beauty and warm ocean breezes in St. Augustine, Florida.