"Tolamato Cemetery" Saint Augustine Off The Beaten Path Tip by Ewingjr98
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Tolamato Cemetery dates back to St. Augustine's Spanish era. Outside of the city's main walls, the cemetery grounds once comprised a small town called Tolamato, which consisted of a Christian mission with Indian converts. The first cemetery on the site housed deceased converts from the mission. When the British took over St. Augustine the mission and its inhabitants departed and the the cemetery was abandoned. When the Catholic Minorcans migrated to St. Augustine, the British gave them the land that once belonged to the Catholic mission, and the cemetery was again in use until 1892.
We stopped here one warm, rainy night n the way back to our B&B after a night on the town. The cemetery is fenced in with chain link and appeared to be locked. We took a few photos, then a ghost tour strolled up and began telling stories of the haunted cemetery. We laughed and wandered back to our B&B for the evening.
The sign at Tolamato Cemetery reads:
During the First Spanish Period, prior to 1763, this site was occupied by the Christian Indian village of Tolomato, with its chapel and burying ground served by Franciscan missionaries. The village was abandoned when Great Britain acquired Florida. In 1777, Father Pedro Camps, pastor of the Minorcan colonists, who had come to St. Augustine after the failure of Andrew Turnbull’s settlement at New Smyrna, obtained permission from Governor Patrick Tonyn to establish this cemetery for his parishioners. Father Camps was buried here in 1790; ten years later his remains were re-interred in the "new church", the present Cathedral. The first bishop of St. Augustine, Augustin Verot (d. 1876), is buried in the mortuary chapel at the rear of the cemetery. The last burial took place in 1892.
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