Photo provided by J. Masters

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Date: March 2, 2024
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Location: Llambias House, 31 St Francis Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Parking at Cathedral Parish School
259 St. George St

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About the Menorcan Heritage Celebration

The Menorcan Heritage Celebration is an annual event proudly hosted by the Menorcan Cultural Society celebrating the arrival of the Menorcans in St. Augustine.  The event is held at the Llambias House Gardens.

Everyone is invited!  And, there’s no admission charge.  So, be sure to stop in and experience the Menorcan history and heritage.

The event includes:  Mullet Net Making by Mike Usina * Storytelling & Songs * Menorcan T-Shirts, Book and Flags * Menorcan Family Photo * Family Crests * Datil Pepper Sauce & Jelly.  This year Dr. Ann Browning Masters, St. Augustine’s Menorcan Poet Laureate, will read “The St. Augustine Menorcan Litmus Test”.  Other activities include Presentation of the Menorcan Heritage Award and Cake Cutting.

You can also enjoy the Menorcan Clam Chowder that’s on the menu as well as sausage and shrimp pilau.  Don’t forget the baked goods.

The Menorcan Cultural Society

The only Menorcan society in the United States, it was founded in the 1980s to preserve and promote the heritage and culture of the Menorcans who left the Mediterranean homeland to make a new life in the New World.

History of the Menorcans

The Menorcans were among a group of 1400 people who left the Mediterranean and set sail for British East Florida in 1768.  There were also Greek, Italian, Corsican, and French peoples.  They were the largest single group of European settlers to immigrate as a single group to the New World.

The first nine years, the Menorcans spent toiling under harsh conditions and enduring even harsher treatment.  Disease and starvation decimated their numbers.  In the fall of 1777, less then 700 of the remaining members walked to St. Augustine where they petitioned the British governor, Patrick Tonyn.  He granted them space in the northwest section of the old walled city.

Eventually, the acquisition of Florida by the young United States changed the flags that flew over St. Augustine.

For more than two centuries, since coming to the St. Augustine, Menorcan colonists and their descendants have been an integral part of the city and St. Johns County.

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