St. Augustine is rich in history. The Timucua’s, a Native American people, lived in this region for more than 1000 years before Europeans arrived. In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León , discovered Florida and claimed it for Spain. In August 1565, Spanish Admiral General Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles found the beautiful region now known as St. Augustine, FL. Much happened in the centuries to come developing St. Augustine into the beautiful historic city it is today.
The historic Peña-Peck House Museum and Gift Shop , is one of the 35 remaining First Spanish Period buildings (1565 - 1763) in St. Augustine. It is a coquina stone and frame building not to be missed in downtown St. Augustine. Built circa 1750 by order of King Ferdinand VI for Spanish Royal Treasurer Juan Estevan de Peña, this house nestled on the corner of St. George Street and Treasury Street remains much as it was in 1931 when it was left to the city of St. Augustine.
The house is open for tours and available for special events in our award-winning ornamental gardens. Tour the historic Peña-Peck House to gain a better understanding of the history and life of those that lived here through the centuries and the culture of the times. View the beautiful artwork and historical furnishings collected through the centuries.
Special events take place in our gardens on a regular basis. Need a picture-perfect outdoor location for your graduation party, an outdoor garden wedding never to be forgotten or a fun, central and gated place for your rehearsal dinner or welcome party? Then look no further. The highly sought after historic Peña-Peck House Museum and Gift Shop is one of the oldest homes in St. Augustine with a perfect location, loggia, courtyard and gorgeous grounds and gardens for your memory-making event.
Among the oldest colonial properties in St. Augustine is the historic Peña-Peck House. This elegant estate is home to our gift shop, features guided tours, and serves as a highly sought-after venue for weddings and other special events.
the Woman's Exchange
The Woman’s Exchange is a member of the national Federation of Woman’s Exchanges that includes 20 shops in 12 states.
When you shop at a Federation member store, you help a consignor achieve economic stability, enabling an Exchange to remain a viable business outlet for the consignors and vendors in the local community. The store carries our signature curried rice mix, as well as unique works of art, fashion and home decor.
The Peña-Peck House garden is ready for your next special event! Nestled in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, the Peña-Peck House garden beckons you to come and celebrate your wedding day, bridal shower or wedding reception. The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine would love to host you and your guests. Learn more about reserving our venue today!
We are currently hosting guided tours to share with all this beautiful, well-maintained historic house. Tours of the house are available Wednesday - Saturday of each week. As of October 4, 2023, our tour schedule is as follows:
Wed, Thur, Friday: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Saturday: 12 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm and 3 pm
There is no fee for a tour though donations are gratefully accepted.
Events & Luncheons
Currently, we are developing our schedule for spring luncheons. Check back with us soon for a full listing of events.
Proceeds from the events held at The Peña-Peck house are used to maintain and preserve the historic museum and fund educational scholarships awarded to women (in need) and over the age of 30 with a desire to return to the workforce.
Over the last 20 years we have donated over $150k in scholarship money. In 2021, the Woman’s Exchange proudly awarded 20 educational scholarships and continued to maintain the Peña-Peck House. Our members conducted over 100 tours of the house/museum educating the public about the history and beauty of the house built for the Royal Spanish Treasurer, Juan Estevan de Peña. Our members hosted two delightful dinner events in the Peña-Peck garden (within CDC guidelines) showcasing the culinary talents of local chefs as well as the genius of regional musicians. We have partnered with over 30 local artisans to share their talents and wares in our treasure-filled Woman’s Exchange (WEx) gift shop. In all, our very active members (163 strong) clocked in a total of well over 6000 volunteer hours to manage and maintain our obligations to the Peña-Peck House and to fund scholarships.