Remnant of Rodriguez Arsian House Historical

Remnant of Rodriguez Arsian House Historical (HM1WG5)

Location: St. Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 53.638', W 81° 18.671'

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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 father's 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. Vedder's 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 Vedder's collection. The Society used the building as their headquarters until it was destroyed by a fire in 1914.
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HM NumberHM1WG5
Year Placed2015
Placed ByKantisnai and Lalavati Patel, and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469955 N 3307076
Decimal Degrees29.89396667, -81.31118333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.638', W 81° 18.671'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 38.28" N, 81° 18' 40.26" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24 US-1 BUS, St. Augustine FL 32084, US
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