After leaving the fort, our Old Town Trolley Tour guide highlighted the history of St Augustine and embellished our stops with interesting trivia.
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.
Ray Charles, singer, songwriter, composer and a pioneer in the rhythm and blues genre, attended school here until his mother died when he was 15 years old. While he lived in St Augustine, he developed his musical talent and performed on the radio and at local events. He is a much loved favorite son of St Augustine.
In the middle of a hotel parking lot, you will find The Old Senator, a live oak tree believed to be over 600 years old.