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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine$
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Thomas Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049373

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049373.001.0001

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Memorial Church, 1890

Memorial Church, 1890

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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

Flagler's changes to St. Augustine continued for several years. Henry and Anna Marcotte became the chief journalists covering St. Augustine during the Flagler years. Mary Lily Kenan first visited St. Augustine in 1890 as a guest in the Ponce de Leon. To attract professional baseball players during the winter season, Flagler built a stadium where games could be played. Flagler dedicated Memorial Presbyterian Church to the memory of his daughter Jennie Louise. Mrs. Benjamin Harrison and other Washington guests attended the dedication. Tennis became an important spectator sport. Oliver Campbell, later U.S. Open champion, won the tournament. To entertain tourists, the town sponsored a celebration and reenactment of the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon. In 1890 Flagler first visited the Palm Beach area and purchased the Ormond Hotel north of Daytona. Flagler built a new jail for St. Augustine, which today survives as the “Old Jail” tourist attraction.

Keywords:   baseball, Oliver Campbell, Benjamin Harrison, Mary Lily Kenan, Anna Marcotte, Henry Marcotte, Old Jail, Ormond Hotel, Palm Beach, tennis

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