Excavation Project Near St Francis Inn


On July 6 the St. Augustine Historical Society will begin an excavation project to investigate the construction of  the Jose Tovar House at 22 St. Francis St.  (just down the street from the St. Francis Inn). Archaeologist Kathleen Deagan, historic preservation architect Herschel Shepard and historian Susan Parker serve as the principal investigators for this research project.  Archaeologist Greg Smith is the site supervisor. The project is funded by a grant from the University of Florida-Flagler College Historic St. Augustine Research Institute.
Parker, also executive director of the Historical Society, notes that "this is a project undertaken for its research potential and the Historical Society is prepared and dedicated to additional field work if needed."
The Tovar House has already received intensive investigation. In 2012 Shepard spent hundreds of hours examining the building.  Shepard believes that the Tovar House is one of the earliest coquina buildings standing today, possibly built about 1730. In 2013 Shepard and Frank Welsh, an expert in historic paint analyst, investigated the wall and wood treatments of the house, supported by a grant from UF-Flagler HSARI..
Excavations will take place Monday through Friday.and will be visible from the sidewalk through the iron grille located between 18 and 22 St. Francis St. The schedule of work is subject to change without notice.


St. Francis Inn Owners Celebrate 30 Years

Where were you in June 1985?  Long time ago, right? Well, Joe and Margaret Finnegan were purchasing the St. Francis Inn at that time, and have been running it for 30 years now.

Joe and Margaret Finnegan in 1985.
Both Joe and Margaret were teachers of the deaf at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind when they decided that they wanted St. Augustine to be their permanent home someday.  Although their careers took them to Pennsylvania and South Carolina, they dreamed of living and working in St. Augustine.

In 1985 they purchased the St. Francis Inn.  It wasn't until 1996 that they were able to make the move to St. Augustine and run the inn themselves.  Also in 1996 they made major renovations to the inn including all new wiring, central air conditioning, new flooring, a kitchen, reconfigured rooms and private bathrooms. The inn was closed for four months during the renovations.

Today the St. Francis Inn is a popular bed and breakfast, and when National Geographic compiled it's "2013 Best Trips" list both St. Augustine and the St. Francis Inn were on the list.

For the complete story click here.


New electric car charging station installed at St. Augustine's St. Francis Inn ... | www.actionnewsjax.com

Local TV station came by last week to talk to Joe about the Tesla charging station and Clipper Creek Electric Vehicle charging station now installed at the Inn! Click on the link for the video:

New electric car charging station installed at St. Augustine... | www.actionnewsjax.com


Things to Do in St. Augustine: Part 1 - Southern Hospitality

Check out this blog about both the St. Francis Inn and our wonderful little city of St. Augustine!  Lots of great information and lots of pictures!

Things to Do in St. Augustine: Part 1 - Southern Hospitality


CELEBRATE 450! 450th Festival include Headliners: Aaron Neville, Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Mavis Staples, JJ Grey and Mofro, and Justin Townes Earle

Aaron Neville

 Celebrate 450!

Make your plans now to attend the 450th 3-day street and music festival in St. Augustine!  The
St. Francis Inn still has plenty of rooms available; and we are located in the Historic District just a short walk to any of the downtown venues, yet not so close as to have crowds and noise.

The festival's main stage will be at the bayfront at Ponce Circle.  Aaron Neville and Mavis Staples will perform on the main stage Friday, September 4, 2015. Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell, JJ Grey and Mofro, and Justin Townes Earle will perform on the main stage Saturday, September 5, 2015.

There will also be local cultural entertainment and performances throughout downtown's pedestrian-only areas.  The festival will last 3 days and begin September 4, from 3pm until 10pm. The festival will continue on Saturday, September 5, from 11am until 11pm and will finish up that evening with fireworks over the Matanzas River.  The festival will continue Sunday with Spanish Music and Dance Presentation starting at 3pm.

Click here to check availability at the St. Francis Inn and secure your spot in one of the most historic happenings in our lifetime: St. Augustine's 450th Birthday!
Emmy Lou Harris

Mavis Staples
JJ Grey and Mofro

Justin Townes Earle


St. Francis Inn Adds Exercise Equipment!

No need to get out of shape while on vacation - we have a variety of Fitness Items and Exercise DVDs for complimentary guest use. Do yoga, stretching, and other exercises in the privacy of your room or suite. Aqua Fitness equipment is also available for guests to use in our heated swimming pool.
Handheld Push-Up Grips
Washable Yoga Mat
Jump Rope
Resistance Bands
Hand Weights: 3, 5, or 10 lbs.

Pilates for Beginners
Ripped In 30 (high energy workouts)
Stress Relief

Water Bar Bells
Water Resistance Gloves
Jogger Buoyancy Belt

To have any fitness items or DVDs placed in your room for use during your stay, please email your preferences prior to your check-in date: innkeeper@stfrancisinn.com. Pool items are available outside by the pool all the time and do not need reservation.



A nice article about the St. Francis Inn and the top 12 things to do in St. Augustine!  The blogger is Becky Samford and her blog is called Macaroni Kid.  Here's what she has to say about her blog:

There are multiple Macaroni Kid sites in the Atlanta area and we have shared Pinterest Boards. This article was also posted on our shared Florida Travel Board which has over 25,000 followers.
FYI, my current statistics are as follows:
"My newsletter goes our to approximately 7,500 subscribers in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta each week. My website garners almost 1,800 page views per day, roughly 53,000 per month and I have just over 4,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram combined."



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Schlegel: A memorable visit to St. Augustine, Florida 

breaks up snowy N.J. winter | NJ.com

Flager College - present day
Sharon and Ralph Schlegel and their faithful 
canine companion Teddy Schlegel stayed 
with us at the St. Francis Inn for over a month 
(mid-January through February) this winter. 
We thoroughly enjoyed having them here! The 
day they left to go back home was a sad one 
for all of us. 

Sharon blogs regularly as "For the Times of 
Trenton" on NJ.com.  She has written a 
delightful article about St. Augustine (we're 
sharing a link to it below) and if you enjoy her 
writing as much as we do, you might want to 
subscribe to her blog.  

We miss you, Sharon!  Hugs to you and Ralph and a pat on the head to Teddy Schlegel!  :)

Schlegel: A memorable visit to St. Augustine, Florida breaks up snowy N.J. winter | NJ.com


March-May: Spring FESTIVALS in St. Augustine! | Totally St. Augustine


Spring arrives early in St. Augustine and it seems like there is a different festival or event every weekend!  Everyone wants to get outside, enjoy the sun, mingle, have fun! So, thanks to the Totally St. Augustine Blog for posting a comprehensive list of our Spring Festivals:

March-May: Spring FESTIVALS in St. Augustine! | Totally St. Augustine

And, of course, book your stay with us, the St. Francis Inn!