It was sent to the Snail Family friend Judith’s grandfather, George C. Jones, in the Navy. Check out more of Sailor George’s postcards here.Caption: Oldest house in the U.S., St. Francis Street, St. Augustine, FLA.
This site was first built upon by Spanish colonists in the 1600’s. The present Gonzalez-Alvarez house was completed in 1723 and may well be the oldest standing house in the United States. (St. Augustine, est. 1565, is considered the nation’s oldest city, but the house’s claim is rivaled by a Spanish house in Santa Fe and the Acoma Pueblo west of Albuquerque.) The house is significant for its traces of Spanish colonial, British colonial and turn-of-the-century American times, giving it the name “the house under three flags.” General Ulysses S. Grant attended the opening of the Grand Union Hotel Opera House on July 4, 1865.For histories of the Vanderbilt Hotel and Saratoga’s Grand Union Hotel, see the post on Hotels of the EastWhy the “New” Cliff House? That too is answered in Sailor George’s Postcards.To quote the hotel’s website, “Every U.S. president has visited The Brown Palace since Teddy Roosevelt (1905), with the exception of Calvin Coolidge.”White House South Lawn view. (From a Washington D.C. mini postcard book)Union Station, Washington D.C.Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peaceConey Island, 1904
P.S. This is Snail’s Postcard Post’s 325th post!