Hitty Travel Doll — St Augustine

Hitty Goes to Jail and Receives a Pardon

Florida Hitty Gale St Augustine

Hitty Goes to Jail and Receives a Pardon

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty I was born in Naples Florida but I doubt if my carver, Gale Lyons, ever imagined that one day I would find myself in jail.  Rest assured, it was not as bad as it sounds.  In fact, it was quite fun! Hitty with Deputy Jim at the Old Jail St Augustine Florida The Old Jail in St Augustine, Florida was built by Henry Flagler to resemble a fine hotel.  The Queen Anne style stucco on brick building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings and is the oldest government building in St John’s...

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Hitty Plays Tourist in St Augustine Florida

Florida Hitty Gale St Augustine

Hitty Plays Tourist in St Augustine Florida

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty On our recent visit to St Augustine, we took the Old Town Trolley Tour to see the sights.  Our tour guide highlighted our stops with interesting trivia about the city. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, landed with a group of settlers and established the first permanent Christian settlement. The Spanish named the site Nombre De Dios–Name of God. Spanish Mission St Augustine Florida Ray Charles, singer, songwriter, composer and a pioneer in the rhythm and blues genre, is a much-loved favorite son of St Augustine.   He attended school here until his...

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Hitty Explores the Castillo de San Marcos St Augustine

Florida Hitty Gale St Augustine

Hitty Explores the Castillo de San Marcos St Augustine

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty Castillo de San Marcos was built by Spain to protect the garrison town of St Augustine.  As early as 1586, St Augustine was burned and plundered by the English pirate, Sir Francis Drake and burned again by pirates in 1688.  In 1672, Queen Mariana of Spain authorized a stone fortification to be constructed to protect the military outpost. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory http://floridamemory.com/items/show/7984 The fort is built of Coquina, a rare limestone found on Anastasia Island, one of the barrier islands.  Coquina is the Spanish word for “tiny shell” and that...

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In Which I Stay at the Palms Retro Hotel

Florida Hitty Gale St Augustine

In Which I Stay at the Palms Retro Hotel

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty My recent road trip included a stay at the Palms Retro Hotel and a visit to Atlantic Beach.  We got to the beach before sunrise but the local fishermen were there and had already caught the first fish of the day. Sunrise at Atlantic Beach Florida Hitty at Atlantic Beach Florida The Palms Retro Hotel28 Sherry DriveAtlantic Beach, FL 32233(904) 241-7776 The Palms  is a newly renovated 50’s era hotel with themed rooms and a beautifully landscaped courtyard.  The hotel is just a short walk from the beach and the Atlantic Beach Town Center where...

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