Sept. 10: Founding Day celebrates 451st anniversary of St. Augustine

The Menendez landing will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 on the Mission grounds in St. Augustine. In this photo: Actor Chad Light is shown here as Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the founder of St. Augustine and Florida's first governor. Photos by Renee Unsworth

The Menendez landing will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 on the Mission grounds in St. Augustine. In this photo: Actor Chad Light is shown here as Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the founder of St. Augustine and Florida’s first governor. Photos by Renee Unsworth

Four hundred and fifty-one years ago, on September 8, 1565, Capitán-General Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stepped ashore at Matanzas Bay and founded St. Augustine, Florida — the oldest continuously occupied, European city, port, and parish in the continental United States.

On Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, the annual historical re-enactment of Menéndez’ landing and anniversary commemoration will be presented by Florida Living History, Inc. at the traditional site of Menéndez’ landing — the Mission Nombre de Dios (www.missionandshrine.org), the birthplace of America and cradle of Christianity in the continental United States, in St. Augustine.

Admission to this annual, heritage event is FREE of charge.

For more information on the Founding Day 2016 heritage Event, contact David Carter of Florida Living History, Inc. at info@floridalivinghistory.org. Florida Living History, Inc. is a community based, nonprofit 501©3 organization of volunteers that is dedicated to educating the public about Florida’s colonial and territorial history. The group organizes and participates in living-history programs, demonstrations, and recreated portrayals of historical events throughout the year. 

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