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St Augustine, Florida
St Augustine Hotel, St Augustine, Florida, late 1800s
Public DomainSt Augustine Hotel, St Augustine, Florida, late 1800s - Credit: Robert N Dennis

St. Augustine is located in north central Florida.  It is known as the "Ancient City."  The historic district is today characterised by cobblestone streets, cafes, bars, boutique shops and bed-and-breakfasts. 

The city has long been a popular travel destination, offering a mild climate for much of the year.  It boasts many marinas, enabling easy boating access by sea, river and Intracoastal waterway, together with miles of pristine beaches.   

Lightner Museum, St. Augustine, Florida, originally the Alcazar Hotel
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLightner Museum, St. Augustine, Florida, originally the Alcazar Hotel - Credit: Poco a poco

Tourism landmarks that would have been available to the Wellands in the 1870s include the Castillo de San Marcos, dating from the time of the Spanish empire, and constructed over 23 years, from 1672 to 1695.  It is made of coquina, a very strong limestone comprised of broken sea shells and coral. They might also have gazed upon Fort Matanzas, built between 1740 and 1742 by the Spanish, to provide a strategic view of sea vessels approaching from the south, via the Matanzas River. In 1889 Henry Flagler opened the Alcazar Hotel, offering guests a huge indoor pool, retractable roof, casino, spa, and movie theatre.