it is part of Florida's First Coast region and the Jacksonville metropolitan area.
According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975.
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Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the contiguous United States.
In 1562, a group of Huguenots led by Jean Ribault arrived in Spanish Florida to establish a colony in the territory claimed by Spain. Johns River, calling it la Rivière de Mai (the River May), then sailed northward and established a settlement called Charlesfort at Port Royal Sound in present-day South Carolina.
The Museum now operates the site as a private-aid-to-navigation and keeps the light shining.
The museum's research arm, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) studies submerged cultural resources in the waters of the nation's oldest port.
Restoration of the light keeper's house and the Fresnel lens began in 1980 as a project of the Junior Service League of St. The group also had the tower and Keepers' House added to the National Register of Historic Places.