These city gates were once the only entrance into the streets of St. Augustine. Built in 1808 of sturdy stone, the gates served as a wall of protection for the settlement. Several times the city had been invaded and it was determined that a better line of protection was needed to keep the citizens and businesses safe from theft and damage. Before this city wall was built there was something called the Cubo Line that ran from the old fort along the barriers of the city.
The city gates also stand as a reminder of some terrible times that represent the grim history of the city. A deadly strain of Yellow Fever struck the city in 1821. It killed hundreds of city residents in St. Augustine of them, a young girl who is now believed to be a ghost who haunts the city gates.
Directly across the street from the City Gate lies the Huguenot Cemetery. This resting place was established as a burial ground for the victims of the fever. During this time if a member of the family died from the fever the entire house was burnt along with all of the families possessions to prevent the spread. One day the body of a young girl in a lacey white dress was found at the gates of the city. It was assumed that she died of the fever and her family left her at the gates to prevent their home from being burnt. Today it is local legend the girl haunts the city gates at which she was abandoned.
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