Ximenez-Fatio House plans living history event



On Aug. 12, during the 10th Annual Seminole War Commemoration and Convocation of Seminole War Historians, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will feature re-enactors, living historians in period dress, displays and demonstrations.

The living history demonstrations will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at 20 Aviles St.

Activities at the historic property will feature Seminole Indian War period historians who will mingle with commemoration and convocation participants, and the public. The Ximenez-Fatio House will present its exhibits and displays including one of the rooms that serves as an interpretation of the Seminole War period, specific to a war officer who may have been a guest at the fine boarding house establishment.

Also, a living history break-out session and program workshop will be featured with Steve Rinck from the Seminole Wars Foundation. Event participants and the public are invited to attend.

Additionally, a display of Osceola’s death mask will be available for viewing at the neighboring Trinity Church Hall, 15 St. George St.

Osceola (1804–Jan. 30, 1838) was born as Billy Powell and became an influential leader of the Seminole in Florida.

After Osceola’s death, army doctor Frederick Weedon was permitted by the Seminole to make a death mask of Osceola’s face and head, which was a European-American custom at the time for prominent people.

All events related to the Seminole War Commemoration will be held throughout the south end of downtown St. Augustine and are designed to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the important era in Florida’s development.

Specifically, St. Augustine was a vital gateway to the remote and scattered battlefields of the long, violent and costly Second Seminole War.

The annual heritage event is hosted by the House Museum and Convocation of Seminole War Historians in St. Augustine with a myriad of experts from Seminole Wars Foundations and West Point Society of North Florida. The purpose of the Seminole Wars Foundation is to preserve significant sites involved in the Seminole Wars, to establish educational programs about the importance of the period, and to publish pertinent material relating to the wars.

For information, or to register for Convocation of Seminole War Historians events, go to seminolewars.org.