St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Segui-Kirby Smith House
In 1786 it became the home of Bernardo Segui, a prosperous merchant of Minorcan descent who was also baker to the garrison and a Spanish militia official.
Judge Joseph Lee Smith, first Judge of the Superior Court for East Florida, rented the home about 1823 from Segui's heirs, and in time the family purchased it. Edmund Kirby Smith was born here in May 1824. A West Point graduate, he became at 38 the youngest lieutenant general in the Confederate Army and was the last Confederate general to surrender his command.
When General Kirby Smith and his sister sold the home in 1887, it became a boarding house with offices. The small building on the west was the kitchen and dining room.
In 1895 John L. Wilson and Frances Wilson, gave the lot and building in trust to a private organization for use as a free public library. Today the St. Augustine Historical Society holds the property under this trust as its historical research library.
Erected 1994 by The St. Johns County Commission in Cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker
Location. 29° 53.49′ N, 81° 18.698′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Aviles Street and Artillery Lane, on the right when traveling south on Aviles Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 Aviles Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Segui-Kirby Smith House (a few steps from this marker); The Ximenez-Fatio House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ximenez-Fatio House (within shouting distance of this marker); Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (within shouting distance of this marker); Solana House (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida (within shouting distance of this marker); 31 King Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Plaza Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
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