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Villa Augusta Postcard

Villa Augusta – Royal Palm Cottage

One of the earliest residential quarters in Miami was a cluster of cottages built by Henry Flagler in 1896 to house Florida East Coast Railway employees during the construction of the city. An earlier article entitled “Flagler’s Royal Palm Cottages…


Wagner Home in Lummus Park

Gesu Church in Miami – Part 1 of 2

The oldest institution in the greater Miami area centers on religion, specifically the Roman Catholic faith, which traces its beginnings here to a Spanish Jesuit mission on the Miami River in 1567, followed by additional missions in 1568 and 1743. …


Webinar – Historic East First Avenue

This webinar will feature a virtual tour of historic East First Avenue in downtown Miami, which will take the attendee from Fort Dallas Park to Gesus Catholic Church, located on NE Second Street. There will be vintage photographs of Miami…


Captain Vail Floating Hotel in March of 1896.

Captain Vails Floating Hotel

Captain Edward E. Vail was more than just a Miami pioneer. His experiences on the sea and as an entrepreneur provided him with several lifetimes of fascinating stories. He was considered one of the more interesting raconteurs in early Miami….


NE Second Avenue Entrance in 1988.

History of Miami City Cemetery – Part 1 of 2

As a native Miamian, my introduction to the historic Miami City Cemetery came “late” in life for me.  It was the mid-1970s, and I had returned to Miami, temporarily, after completing my Ph.D. in history at Florida State University. I…