Members of the General Public are Cordially Invited to View and Participate in Displays, Demonstrations and Instruction in and of 16th Century (1513-1586). Covered by this event are period Historic Weapons · Artillery · Armor – Equipment and Accessories · Clothing · Crafts – Culinary Arts · Religious Practices · Camp Life. The School is presented by Men of Menéndez Living History Interpreters and sponsored by the Colonial Quarter
The School of the 16th Century is an event designed to tell both the public and the aspiring re-enactor everything they wanted to know about the 16th century. For the visiting public it is an opportunity to learn how to fire a crossbow, fire a musket or even a cannon. It also presents the opportunity to learn about clothing, cooking, and other skills in use in the 16th century.
The event takes place on the second Saturday in February on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter at 33 St. George Street in St. Augustine from 10AM to 5PM. Check our calendar for specific dates.
Other Local History to Visit While You Are Here
- Colonial Quarter Museum- Journey back in time through the history of St. Augustine. From our distinctive 35-foot watch tower and colonial buildings to shops and dining.
- Fountain of Youth- We invite you to visit us for a fascinating, informative, entertaining tour of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. Located in the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine, FL- A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation.
- Ft. Matanzas National Monument, St. Augustine Beach, FL- Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and wildlife.
- Ft. Mose State Historical Park, St. Augustine, FL- Historic site of a free-slave settlement, preserving history and natural beauty.
- St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum- The Museum today serves 225,000 visitors each year. The Interpretive Division provides docent-led guided tours that are free with the cost of admission. This includes a tour of artifact conservation areas featuring artifacts from historic shipwrecks. Ship modeling, Heritage Boat Building and interactive exhibitions use visual, audio, tactile, and kinesthetic learning to share information with everyone
Things to Do
- Old Town Trolley- Trolley Routes & Stops with a lot of helpful information on St. Augustine's Points of Interest, Shopping & Entertainment, Restaurants & Bars and much more!
- Florida's Historic Coast- A Comprehensive Community Calendar
- The Spanish Bakery- A local baker's blog and home of many tasty treats. Right off St. George Street.
- ST. JOHNS CO. CULTURAL COUNCIL- HistoricCoastCulture.com is a one-stop source for information about all the performances, venues, exhibitions, and community events that are happening year-round in the St. Augustine area.
- visitstaugustine.com- Visitors will find an array of attractions in the nation's oldest city. From living history museums like the Castillo de San Marcos to Gilded-Age hotels, swashbuckling adventures and specialized tours in the air, on the sea, and in the heart of the historic district, Saint Augustine has it all!
- Lightner Museum- Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. Today it is home to one of the finest collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country.
The Museum is open to the public seven days a week and features self-guided tours, tours by reservation for adults and children, and demonstrations of antique mechanical musical instruments.
- St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum- The Museum offers an exciting and educational museum experience that transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.
- Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine- The Classic Car Museum of St Augustine was created to help bring memories back to life as only Classic Cars can do. Visitors are provided with the opportunity to experience cars from the 1800s to modern day sports cars.