Save the date: Landing day Sept. 6 at Mission


Photo of the Menendez landing by Stacey Sather, Courtesy of Florida Living History, Inc.

Photo of the Menendez landing by Stacey Sather, Courtesy of Florida Living History, Inc.

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Four hundred and forty-nine years ago, in September 1565, Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stepped ashore on Matanzas Bay and founded St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest continuously occupied European city, port, and parish in the continental United States.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, the annual, historical reenactment of Menéndez’ landing and anniversary commemorations will be held at Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine (

The anniversary commemoration will begin at 10 a.m. and will end approximately at noon. Admission is free of charge to the public. Ample, free parking is available on-site. Seating is limited, so please consider bringing a folding chair.

Additional activities will take place next door at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park ( ollowing the Founding Day heritage commemoration at the Mission.

This heritage event will feature:
  • The historical re-enactment of Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’ landing in 1565 by Florida Living History, Inc.
  • Period liturgical music provided by volunteers from Cantorae St. Augustine ( );
  • A Mass of Thanksgiving
  • A Grand Procession following the Mass of Thanksgiving
  • A performance of a scene from a 16th-century Spanish play by Florida Living History, Inc.’s Theater with a Mission group, will follow the Mass and procession; this presentation is funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Florida Living History, Inc.’s partners in St. Augustine’s traditional Founding Day Event include:

  • The Florida Historical Society –
  • The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration –
  • The St. Augustine Historical Society –
  • The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau –
  • Viva Florida 500 –

For more details, go to Financial support is provided, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council and by the continued support of Florida Living History, Inc.’s donors. Stay updated on facebook.

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