Spanish Chimney & Well…

Anastasia Island, Florida…

I came across this historic site one day. An old Spanish chimney and well. I stopped to take a couple of photos.  Located on Anastasia Island, Old Beach Road.  I was curious to see if I could find old photos of the sites.

I did a google search and came up with the old photos posted here with my new photos,  (I did not find an old photo of the well, still looking). The website where I found the old photos is: FLORIDA MEMORY.

Photographed on April 3, 1927. (Author unknown).

Photographed on April 3, 1927. (Author unknown).

Herman Gunter – photographed August 18, 1934

The Historical Marker erected at the site reads, “These ruins are all that remain of what was probably a Spanish barracks which housed the quarry overseer, master masons, and stonecutters who were involved in the construction of the Castillo de San Marcos.

The quarry, located directly across the road from this site, contained rich veins of coquina which the Indian workers shaped into rough blocks. Under the supervision of the quarry overseer, Alonso Diaz Mejia, the blocks were transported by wagon and then by raft to the site of the Castillo. Completed in 1695, the great fortress was the keystone of the Spanish system of defense of Florida.”