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Mission San Luis October 29, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.

On our last morning in the Panhandle, we visited Mission San Luis, a recreated 17th century Mission and Appalachee Village, which over 1500 souls called “home” in the late 1600’s.  The Spaniards burned it down in 1704 to prevent it from being captured by the British.

The Council House (used by the Appalachee for gatherings and meetings) provided insight into its interior construction since it’s being re-thatched.

Although the building appears circular, it has 80 sides, which creates the illusion of a rounded facade.

The supporting posts are straight and true and L-O-N-G!  They go UP and UP and UP.

Inside the Council House are benches for reclining dignitaries.

Appalachee Indians spent most of the day outside, using their homes for sleeping and storage.  This is the footprint of an Appalachee abode which would have been thatched.

Unlike the Appalachee, most of the Spaniards preferred indoor cooking.

And indoor dining.  (Of course, this was pre-pandemic.)

The Friary also boasted a home office.

Here’s a glimpse of the spartan sleeping arrangements in one of the Spanish homes.  Notice the low tech, wall mounted air conditioning unit . . . perfect for hot summer nights.

When folks got ill, they relied on Medicinal Herbs to revive themselves.  We learned that Rosemary relieves headaches AND enhances memory and concentration ~ a handy herb indeed for seniors in need of all the help they can get!

This shot reveals the interior of the wall allowing visitors to see the construction methods used 300+ years ago.

Also in the Mission is a Blacksmith’s Shop, a Church (which rivaled the Church in St. Augustine), the rest of the Friary, a Fort (complete with ramparts and palisade), and a perfect-for-us picnic area.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Rivergirl - October 29, 2021

I love places like this. Home office… ha!

nrhatch - October 29, 2021

Just like in the good old days ~> pen, paper, candle? Done!

2. Kate Crimmins - October 29, 2021

Very neat home office but I couldn’t find the computer. 🙂

nrhatch - October 29, 2021

No computer . . . but much less concern about phishing, scams, and identity theft. 😛

3. Ally Bean - October 29, 2021

It’s fun to see building like this one. Very interesting architecture. I’ll remember about rosemary… if I can remember! 😉

nrhatch - October 29, 2021

That’s the . . . wait, what?
I lost my train of thought for a minute. 😛

4. Sarah Davis - October 29, 2021

Thanks for sharing. Makes me grateful for my home and it’s comfort.

nrhatch - October 29, 2021

Good point, Sarah! It’s nice to have indoor plumbing and heating and cooling and lots of techno-gizmos, eh?

Sarah Davis - October 30, 2021

And hot water and indoor plumbing!

nrhatch - October 30, 2021

At the moment, it’s pouring outside. It’s nice to be dry inside. To home!

5. Debra - October 29, 2021

This is such an interesting Mission, Nancy. The design and architecture is truly unique. I think you’ve probably noted how many times I’ve talked about the 21 Spanish missions up the entirety of California and I have an interest in that historical period that precedes CA becoming a state. It’s funny that I’ve been so interested in our mission system and really didn’t know anything about others. Fascinating to me!

nrhatch - October 29, 2021

I had a similar reaction, Debra. Before learning of this Mission, I had no idea that the Spanish peacefully co-existed with the Appalachee.

Until ~> “The British are coming! The British are coming!”

Debra - November 2, 2021

There are times I think I know “so much” about history, but more frequently I’m impressed by how much I do NOT know! 🙂

nrhatch - November 3, 2021

All I have to do is watch JEOPARDY to be reminded of how much I do NOT know. 😛

6. L. Marie - October 30, 2021

That’s the kind of home office I need on days when I feel like smashing my computer on the floor (Monday through Friday).

Great photos! Very lovely and peaceful grounds

nrhatch - October 31, 2021

Sometimes old fashioned pen and paper seem so perfect!

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