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St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

St. Francis Barracks

Life on post – Florida National Guard

 
 
St. Francis Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, July 25, 2020
1. St. Francis Barracks Marker
Inscription.  
The magnificent Victorian-style quarters along Marine Street were constructed by 1885 as part of a complex of residential buildings for officers and senior enlisted soldiers when St. Augustine was a federal military reservation. These residences continue a long tradition of military occupation in this section of the colonial walled city since the mid-1700s when British troops first converted a Franciscan chapel and friary for use as a military barracks.

Authorized by the U.S. Quartermaster General Department, the post quarters include four homes and two duplex units. The three larger homes were reserved for the Post Commander and Company Officers. Farther south, the fourth home was reserved for the post commissary sergeant whose storeroom was across Marine Street in the building now known as the King’s Bakery. Behind the single family homes, two duplex units housed senior noncommissioned officers.

Until 1900, the post quarters housed members of the U.S. Army Infantry and Artillery units stationed in St. Augustine. In 1907, the St. Francis Barracks was designated headquarters for the Florida National Guard. Today these
St. Francis Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, July 25, 2020
2. St. Francis Barracks Marker
homes serve as the residences for the Adjutant General and senior staff of the Florida National Guard.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 29° 53.215′ N, 81° 18.568′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Memorial is on Marine Street south of St Francis Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 92 Marine Street, 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. Florida’s First Muster Site (a few steps from this marker); Patriot Parade Field (a few steps from this marker); Parade Field Structures (a few steps from this marker); King's Bakery (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation New Dawn (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Iraqi Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Enduring Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Persian Gulf War (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
“United States Barracks – A Dress Parade.” image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, July 25, 2020
3. “United States Barracks – A Dress Parade.”
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, January 1875. Prior to the construction of officers’ housing, officers and senior enlisted soldiers attached to the Post of St. Augustine resided in the St. Francis Barracks.
Quartermaster Stables, St. Francis Barracks, 1860s. image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, August 19, 2020
4. Quartermaster Stables, St. Francis Barracks, 1860s.
Outbuildings in the vicinity of today’s Parade Field east of Marine Street included a stable, gunshed, woodshed, blacksmith and carpenter shop, as well as the extant King’s Bakery. In 1894, a bandstand was added to the yard between the company officer’s houses.
Officer’s Quarters, St. Francis Barracks, 1908 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, August 19, 2020
5. Officer’s Quarters, St. Francis Barracks, 1908
Prior to construction of these homes in the early 1880s, the grounds were used as a kitchen garden and orange grove for troops quartered in the St. Francis Barracks.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 20, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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