The Story Of Flagler College’s First 50 Years Told Through The People, Places And Things That Shaped It

Each of the 50 people, places and things that we selected represent a major milestone in the development of Flagler College. Our selections include the expected and the unexpected, ordinary, everyday objects and the extraordinary people that helped us turn nouns into verbs and change lives. Together, they tell our story. But it is not the complete story. Like all milestones, they indicate how far we have come. They do not measure the thousands of stepping stones, those everyday moments, the hard work and dedication, that got us to those key celebrated moments in our rich history.

Dream House

In May 1885, Standard Oil executive Henry Morrison Flagler, visiting St. Augustine, stood in the parlor of Markland House, the home of his friend Dr. Andrew Anderson. The two men looked out the window across a marshy track of land claimed by a roller skating rink, a Methodist Church and a humble hotel. It was then that Flagler decided that St. Augustine would be the site of his new venture — a resort hotel in St. Augustine that would make it the new American Riviera. In 1888, his dream became a reality. In 1968, Markland House was acquired by Flagler College. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1978, the first floor was restored by Clarissa Anderson-Gibbs, daughter of Dr. Anderson, to its original appearance. Today, Markland House serves as offices for faculty, staff and student organizations. The first-floor public rooms are used for lectures, luncheons and special receptions.