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Kelley-O’Brien Mansion: St. Augustine’s Hidden Treasure

Kelley-O’Brien Mansion: St. Augustine’s Hidden Treasure

I originally wrote this article for First Coast Magazine, which sadly has gone out of print. Lewis Ogden O’Brien had just turned 12 in the spring of 1885, when he scribbled out a short note, jammed it inside a bottle, and hid it inside an [Read more…]

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: A Literary Legacy in the Dunes

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: A Literary Legacy in the Dunes

Rawlings first rented the oceanfront property in the summer of 1939 from its original owner, Ralph Poole, a founding partner of Marineland. By September, Rawlings was so smitten with the peaceful oasis and its sweeping views of both the Intracoastal and the Atlantic, that she [Read more…]