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Nineteenth-Century Well Uncovered in St. Augustine

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Florida St. Augustine wellST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA—According to a report in The St. Augustine Record, Carl Halbirt, St. Augustine city archaeologist, and volunteers discovered house walls, a hearth, and a well at the site of the Mill Top Tavern, which was built in 1888 and demolished last month. Halbirt says the house stood on the site, located near historic St. George Street, in the early nineteenth century. When the well was no longer used, it was filled in with coquina stone. “This area has transitioned a great deal over time from the colonial era where there may have been small buildings near the ‘clear area’ of the Castillo to the period of early tourism in Florida and St. Augustine leading to construction of the Victorian period home and later ‘Old Mill’ building,” said Jenny Wolfe, the city’s historic preservation and special projects planner. To read in-depth about archaeology in Florida, go to "Letter from Florida: People of the White Earth."

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