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

Remnant of Rodriguez Arsian House

 
 
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By James R. Murray, January 5, 2017
1. Remnants of Rodriguez-Arsian House Marker
Inscription. These low stone walls are the remnants of a building constructed during the First Spanish Period (1513-1763) from native rock known as coquina. The building belonged to Antonio Rodriquez Arsian, a soldier whose family lived in St. Augustine for several generations. When Britain took over Florida in 1763, Arsian left with his family for Campeche, Mexico. When Spain reacquired Florida in 1784, the heirs of Arsian attempted to reclaim their fatherís house on the bay. The house belonged to King Charles III of Spain in 1788, but was occupied by John Leslie of the firm of Panton, Leslie and Co., which dominated the Indian trade in the southeast during the Second Spanish Period. In 1790, the house became the property of the Arsian heirs, who then sold it to Francisco Xavier Miranda. In 1887, Dr. John Vedder, a local dentist and taxidermist, leased the house. Vedder transformed the house into a curiosity museum and a menagerie. Vedderís Museum was a popular tourist attraction but a local nuisance. Following his death in 1899, the St. Augustine Historical Society bought the building and most of Vedderís collection. The Society used the building as their headquarters until it was destroyed by a fire in 1914.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2015 by Kantisnai and Lalavati
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By James R. Murray, January 5, 2017
2. Remnants of Rodriguez-Arsian House Marker
Patel, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-858.)
 
Location. 29° 53.638′ N, 81° 18.671′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenida Menendez (Business U.S. 1) and Treasury Street, on the right when traveling south on Avenida Menendez. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Augustine First World War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slave Market (about 500 feet away); Juan Ponce De Leon (about 500 feet away); Frederick Douglass (about 500 feet away); Pena-Peck House (about 500 feet away); Treasury/Dr. Peck House (about 500 feet away); Public Well (about 500 feet away); Dr. Peck House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Remnants of Rodriguez-Arsian House Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, January 5, 2017
3. Remnants of Rodriguez-Arsian House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 337 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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