Outside St. Francis Barracks in historic downtown St. Augustine.

St. Francis Barracks

A bayfront landmark that houses a small museum detailing Florida's military history.

St. Francis Barracks

(904) 823-0364

On the bayfront
82 Marine Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Constructed of coquina by Franciscan friars, the St. Francis Barracks were converted for military use when Florida was under British rule. Once Florida was claimed by the United States, the U.S. Army took control of the barracks until 1900 when it was leased to the Florida State Troops who later became the present-day National Guard. Congress then gave the barracks to the State of Florida to operate as the State Arsenal and the barracks were rebuilt using the original coquina walls.

Today, the St. Francis Barracks headquarters the Florida Army National Guard and the Florida Air National Guard -- it also hosts weddings. Visitors can schedule a visit to the small onsite museum to learn about Florida's military history by calling (904) 823-0166.