Day 17: The Old City and a Creepy Crawl

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Jul 13, 2013

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Today we got our butts off the beach and headed into the old city of St. Augustine.  It was founded in 1565 and is the longest inhabited city in the U.S.  The architecture is unique to anyplace we have been.  The Spanish influence is seen everywhere, but there is degree of British influence as well.

We walked around downtown for about 3 hours. A good part of the Old City section is now a pedestrian mall with unique shops.  There are lots of art galleries and trendy restaurants. In the middle of downtown is Flagler College, most of which is located in a huge old hotel.  City Hall was once an old hotel as well.  Both are beautiful. Too bad we didn't have one of the boys with us so we could have faked a college visit to get inside the historic buildings of Flagler!

After dinner, we headed back in town to our Creepy Crawl, a haunted pub crawl in the old city section.  We met our guide at a restaurant called Al's Pizza for our complementary beer and introduction to the tour.  I had my first Yueingling, a beer from the oldest brewery in America. Zach our guide has been doing this tour for several months and never had a group of more than 15. For some reason this rainy Monday brought out 30 people. 

Our first bar was called The Mill Top Tavern.  Anytime a structure is renovated or built new, the city requires archaeologists to do a survey of the location. On the site of The Mill Top they discovered a burying ground of human limbs, not entire bodies, just limbs.  They also found musket balls with teeth marks in them. This lead the archaeologists to conclude that this site was once a military hospital of some kind where amputations took place.  More than likely the musket balls were placed in the mouths of the injured to bite on while getting an amputation. Needless to say, there are many stories of spirits inside the bar looking for limbs and a drink to ease their pain.

Our second stop was at cigar bar called Stogies. It is located in one of the oldest houses in this section. There are many accounts of spirits touching you will you enjoy your beer and cigar. Ghosts have been seen going up and down the stairs as well as locking people in the bathrooms.  The bar is located downstairs and there is a dark sitting room upstairs. You can get the beer of your choice and a cigar for $5.00.  Danny enjoyed the rest of our tour smoking his stogie. I got the deal as well, but passed my cigar off to him. I've smoked a cigar and drank before...once was enough for me!

Our third and last stop was called The Backyard at Meehan's.  To be perfectly honest, by the time we got here, we weren't' listening to the guides stories.  In fact, he was drinking with the rest of us and we were making new friends from Florida, New Jersey and Arkansas.

The pub crawl was a fun way to learn a little about the city and meet new people. We may have to try this in another city!

Mindy & Danny

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