My mother’s two sisters moved to St. Augustine during World War II. After the war my mother, a war widow, and older sister also moved here. All of them lived in a small house on Palmetto Avenue (it runs behind Gypsy Cab). I remember my Aunt Lin complaining about living in that “beach house” because the sand got into everything. I thought she was crazy thinking Salt Run was the beach. It was many years later before I learned that Conch Island didn’t always exist across from the lighthouse.
Now I wonder if some of the old photos I’ve inherited are actually pictures of that beach. If anyone is familiar with the Ocean Way, Palmetto Avenue, Magnolia Drive neighborhood just north of the lighthouse and remembers this period, do you recognize any of these photos as that beach?
If you have memories about this area, please share them in the comments. I would love to learn more about this beach neighborhood.
The Great Cross stands more than 200 feet high and was built to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine. It stands at the waters edge on the grounds of the Mission of Nombre de Dios which also traces its origin to St. Augustine’s founding and the first parish mass.