I stopped briefly to get a couple of snapshots of the Tolomato Indian Cemetery as we walked by. Upon returning home, I learned that this site is worthy of more attention.
The Tolomato tribe was among the earliest to be converted to Christianity. Prior to 1763, this was the location of their village, complete with chapel (served by Franciscan missionaries) and burial ground. When the British acquired Florida in 1777, the Tolomato abandoned the village. The cemetery remained, however, and the last burial took place in 1892. The first bishop of St. Augustine, Augustin Verot (d. 1876), is buried in the mortuary chapel at the rear of the cemetery.
There are those who believe the cemetery to be haunted, and St. Augustine's ghost tour operators include it on their itinerary. There are reported sightings of a child at play and "energy orbs." Beneficial for the tour business, I guess.
In the 1821 the yellow fever epidemic took the lives of many new pioneers. This is the public burial ground for those.