St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
St. Francis Barracks
Life on post – Florida National Guard
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
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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.
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.