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

Cofradia Site Coquina Well

ca. 1614-1657

 
 
Cofradia Site Coquina Well ca.1614-1657 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 19, 2014
1. Cofradia Site Coquina Well ca.1614-1657 Marker
Inscription.  
The 1990 excavation of this coquina block well revealed furniture fragments from the 1600s, a rarity among St. Augustine's artifacts. Most likely, the well was built in the early 1600s and filled quickly about 1670 with household items from a catastrophe, perhaps a fire or an enemy raid. Archaeologists found chunks of earthen building material, probably from a house destroyed by a tragedy.

A 1764 map of the city reveals ownership of the site by the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious organization of laypersons. Earlier documents have not been found to explain the destruction that filled the well.

In 2004 protection of this rare and important site as a park became a project of Old Town Association, Inc., in partnership with the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the City of St. Augustine. Financial underwriting was provided, in part, by Celestine Vision, LLC, in honor of Aviles Street's role in "The Celestine Prophecy" movie.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology
Cofradia Site Coquina Well Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, March 23, 2019
2. Cofradia Site Coquina Well Marker
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Colonial EraHispanic AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1614.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 29° 53.43′ N, 81° 18.675′ W. Marker was in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker was at the intersection of Aviles Street and Bravo Lane, on the left when traveling south on Aviles Street. Marker is in courtyard next to well. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: 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 location. Cofradia Archaeological Site (here, next to this marker); Father Miguel O'Reilly House (a few steps from this marker); Don Toledo/Gaspar Papy House (within shouting distance of this marker); Solana House (within shouting distance of this marker); Signal From Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); Ximenez-Fatio House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Ximenez-Fatio House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Ximenez-Fatio House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Cofradia Site Coquina Well located behind marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 19, 2014
3. Cofradia Site Coquina Well located behind marker
Cofradia Archaeological Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 15, 2021
4. Cofradia Archaeological Site
New marker at this location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 25, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   2. submitted on March 23, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   3. submitted on March 25, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   4. submitted on December 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 9, 2022