Historic (?) AIA State Designation Sought for Road
Mattson, Marcia, The Florida Times Union
********** CORRECTION (5/23/98)
Because of information from a St. Johns County committee studying
the history of Florida A1A, a story on Page B-1 Sunday misstated
where four Nazi saboteurs were captured after landing at Ponte Vedra
Beach in 1942. They were captured in New York and Chicago.
The oldest pottery discovered in the Southeast was found at a
dig south of St. Augustine.
North of Butler Beach is a house that was firebombed after
Martin Luther King Jr. stayed there in the summer of 1964.
All along Florida A1A in St. Johns County are forts, parks and
And a committee of county residents is mapping out the obscure,
along with well-known attractions, hoping the road that passes
through the nation's oldest city will become one of Florida's
first state scenic and historic highways.
The A1A stretch would start at Mickler Road, just south of
Ponte Vedra Beach. It would end at Flagler County, where
residents also are applying for the designation.
Committee members hope the designation would attract money from
grants and other sources to pay for bicycle paths, scenic
parking areas, kiosks, signs and pamphlets to help travelers
experience the highway's natural and historic significance.
"These are people that have gotten on the committee because we
love the area and we see it changing too fast," said committee
member Jeannie Fitzpatrick, an area artist.
"The more you educate people, the more you want to save what is
beautiful here," she said.
The group is mapping famous sites including the Castillo de San
Marcos, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and Anastasia
Lesser-known sites include:
About 35 historical sites, such as the home where King stayed
at 5280 Atlantic View, just north of Butler Beach, and another
home on Rudolph Avenue at Butler Beach that also hosted him in
the 1960s. The Atlantic View house was firebombed after its
address was published.
The St. Augustine Beach site where German saboteurs, who
entered the country from U-boats off the coast of New York and
Florida, were captured in 1942. Their mission was to whip up
discontent with the U.S. government, said author and historian
David Nolan, who helped identify the historic sites.
A cottage at 177 Surfside, just off A1A in the Vilano Beach
area, where author Sinclair Lewis started his full-time writing
A house on Broward Avenue north of Crescent Beach that
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings bought
with her earnings from The Yearling. Rawlings lived there from
1939 to her death in 1953, hosting Ernest Hemingway and other
More than 40 little-known archaeological sites along A1A, some
dating back 5,000 years. …