Colonial Quarter spans centuries of local history, features interactive activities
Online PR News – 12-March-2013 – ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The watchtower is open. Text panels have been posted. Gunsmiths are at the ready. And the doors of the themed bars will swing wide at the official opening of Pat Croce's Colonial Quarter--a 2-acre living history museum in the heart of downtown--on March 16.
The grand opening comes after just four months and $3 million in upgrades at Croce's signature ambitious speed, and with an eye for quality and authenticity. The attraction's soft opening was in late February.
"It's been an incredible journey with our partners, the University of Florida, to bring our vision for the Colonial Quarter to life," said entrepreneur Croce, who also owns the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.
Croce partnered with UF in September to operate the authentic attraction in the city's former Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum on St. George Street--the city's popular historic downtown shopping district. Croce's team has worked closely with the university to ensure the revitalized Colonial Quarter's authenticity and historic accuracy.
"The University of Florida is both excited and proud to see the Colonial Quarter returned to a destination attraction for telling the St. Augustine story," said Ed Poppell with the University of Florida. "The Pat Croce team has done a wonderful job of bringing new and creative approaches to interpreting the early years of this national treasure we call St. Augustine."
The attraction was expanded and enhanced to encompass an immersive, hands-on visitor experience through St. Augustine's 16th, 17th and 18th centuries that represents Spanish and British periods in St. Augustine and the influences of the cultures that have impacted the city through history. The attraction was previously run by the City of St. Augustine and focused on life in a 1740s Spanish garrison town.
Visitors can now tour, dine and shop on site, with interactive activities abound, including climbing a 35-foot watchtower, participating in a musket drill, interacting with colonial residents, dining in the British pub and Spanish taberna and more.
"We're so excited to finally present the perfected Colonial Quarter not just to the St. Augustine community, but to the world," said executive director Cindy Stavely.
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