The St. Augustine Garrison performs a monthly Changing of the Guard through the streets of St. Augustine on or close to the last Saturday of the month (excepting June, July and August when it’s too hot). See our facebook page for the latest updates (www.facebook.com/staugustinegarrison)
The Changing of the Guard represents the heightened state of military readiness which occurred in early 1740. Due to the War between England and France (The War of Jenkin’s Ear), the St. Augustine Garrison was on high alert and posted a guard at the Governor’s residence. This guard was maintained around the clock. The guards guarding the Governor’s residence were ‘locked and loaded’ and ready to shoot any trespassers. When their relief showed up, the newly arrived replacements were inspected, and then loaded their weapons. The existing guards then had to unload their weapons, and the safest way to do this is to fire them. This presents a good opportunity for the public to get some great photos. After the discharge of the muskets, the old guard retires and marches off to be relieved for the day. After this an announcement will be made that the event is concluded and the public is invited to speak with the re-enactors and pose for photos. After the question and answer session is concluded. The Garrison marches back to the Taberna del Caballo to be dismissed to their families. Many of them will enter the Taberna to relieve their thirst. The public is invited to join in and pose for photos and ask any questions they may have. We LOVE sharing our history!
If you have seen a Changing of the Guard and would like to see more of them, please send an email to the St Johns County Tourist Development Council