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Property Name Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
Reference Number 16000361
State Florida
County St. Johns
Town St. Augustine
Street Address 11 Magnolia Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/13/2016
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The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for local significance under Criteria A and C in the areas of Recreation/Culture and Architecture. The park is a historic tourist destination that was formally developed by Walter B. Fraser in the 1930s. This park was founded on the history of the 1513 landing of Don Juan Ponce de Leon who gave the state its name, Florida, and his legendary search for eternal youth. A well whose water is tied to this story has been enclosed by the Spring House and attracted numerous visitors. Under Criterion A, this tourist destination represents its historic significance because its development history and existing resources greatly contribute to the broad patterns of American history. Most of all, the development of the site is closely associated with the history of the tourism industry in St. Augustine, Florida. The site began functioning as a tourist destination in 1874 when Henry Williams began allowing visitors to the spring in the site. The present commercial park was developed by Walter B. Fraser after he purchased the site in 1927. The site retains visitors' circulation based upon the 1930s (Sketch Map 2). The park preserves many historic types of resources including constructions that demonstrate their significance through their architectural design and association with local and nationwide histories. In 1934, public interpretation began for the Timucuan burial site. The combination of archaeological research and interpretive facilities represents an important type of tourism in the United States.

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