González–Alvarez House – Oldest House

González–Alvarez House - Oldest House

Welcome to the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, aka The Oldest House.

This home-turned-museum is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial dwelling in St. Augustine, as well as in the nation (St. Augustine is the oldest city in the nation). It has construction history dating back to around 1723, though the site has been thought to be occupied since the early 1600s. The structure displays a vernacular architecture style and takes up around 87,000 square feet. It is owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society.

While visiting this spot your group will get a guided tour of the Florida Oldest House, as well as the museums, changing exhibit galleries, and ornamental garden within its grounds. See the Mancy Museum and the Tolvar House, the latter of which contains the Museum of Florida Military History (artifacts and info from Colonial Period to Persian Gulf War). You will also see the Page C Edwards Gallery and The Oldest House Garden with all of its beautiful oak trees.

Be sure to stop by the Museum Shop on your way out to pick up your authentic Florida history-themed gifts, books, and souvenirs.


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