Â The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will be included in the Road Scholar program as a group destination with Dianne Jacoby, tour director and educator at Stetson University’s Department of Continuing Education.
During the tours, Jacoby will portray Miss Louisa Fatio at the historic property, 20 Aviles St. Jacoby selected the site which served as an elegant inn, or boarding house and flourished during Florida’s Territorial and Early Statehood periods (1821-1861).
The historic grounds date back to St. Augustine’s original town plan of 1572. Specifically, Jacoby will greet the Road Scholar groups in character as Miss Fatio, just as the original visitors would have arrived at the House from more than eight miles away on the St. Johns River by steamboat and traveled by horse drawn carriage to the bay front establishment. The groups include up to 40 participants from around the world who will experience narrated tours depicting the lifestyles of early visitors to St. Augustine. Tours will be held in more than a dozen rooms, the visitor and learning center, and the museum gift shop. Visitors will also view the newly-produced video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDp_Nr7IAzU.
Stetson University has been a provider of Road Scholar programs for more than 20 years. Intergenerational programs are offered at a variety of sites, and on a variety of topics. The Road Scholar groups will visit the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum on Tuesday afternoons until the end of April 2015. Jacoby is renowned for her many character portrayals and as a re-enactor of the early settlers in St. Augustine along with her local theater work.
The Ximenez-Fatio House was built in 1798 by Andres Ximenez, a Spanish storekeeper, the original portion of the coquina house and the detached kitchen became a general store, tavern, private residence and fine boarding house for military officers, sea captains, dignitaries and families from the north and south.
The property was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) in 1939 and became one of the South’s most authentically preserved and accurately interpreted historic house museums according to several national experts.
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4Â p.m. and tours are available from 11 am until 3 p.m., and closed on Sundays and Mondays. Tours are free for St. Johns County residents. Admission pricing for adults is $7; families $15, and for students, seniors and military $5. Group tours are welcome at $4.50 per 10 or more.