St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
On With The Show
A theatrical troupe and other travelers making their way by stagecoach to St. Augustine, was ambushed on the Picolata Road by Seminole chief Coacoochee "Wild Cat" and his warriors. One of the performers and four other passengers were killed.
Undaunted, the surviving thespians proceeded to St. Augustine where they conducted performances for the next two weeks.
Months later several Indians were spotted wearing Shakespearean costumes from the plundered baggage wagon.
Erected by Historic Tours of America.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 29° 54.504′ N, 81° 19.173′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from San Marco Avenue (Florida Highway A1A) (Business U.S. 1) south of Dufferin Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the "History Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Flagler's "Winter Newport" (here, next to this marker); Slaves No More (here, next to this marker); Viva Cuba! (here, next to this marker); Up in Smoke (here, next to this marker); Arriving in Style (a few steps from this marker); Jail on Wheels (a few steps from this marker); Chain Gangs (a few steps from this marker); Walk to Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . When Acting was Deadly St. Augustine 1840. If ever a group of actors lived by the creed "The show must go on," it was the William C. Forbes acting troupe. In 1840, they were headed for St. Augustine for a series of performances when they became a footnote in the Second Seminole Indian War. The Picolata Road, which was a fairly straight shot between Picolata and St. Augustine, went through swamps and hammocks. About seven or eight miles outside of St. Augustine, the travelers were attacked by a band of Seminoles. Those in the stage coach including Forbes and the actresses got away, those in the wagons weren't as lucky. (Submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.