Authentic Old Jail in St. Augustine, FL

Historic Tours of America167 San Marco AveSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

Originally built in 1891 by Henry Flagler, the historic Old Jail in St. Augustine offers a unique guided tour that showcases some of the prisoners and practices that took place. Guests can walk through the men’s and women’s cells, look through an assortment of weapons and artifacts, and see where executions occurred. Guests of all ages are welcome and can even work together to try and escape.

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Home to prisoners for over 60 years, the Old Jail in St. Augustine looks more like a resort than a maximum-security facility. The original structure was built in 1891 by Henry Flagler, and although it has been restored and renovated throughout the years, it looks very much the way it did when it opened over a century ago.
Today, visitors to the Old Jail can take a guided tour, learn about the many prisoners and practices that took place here and see where the Sheriff and his wife and family lived— adjacent to where the prisoners were housed.

Meet Sheriff Joe Perry who had a reputation as being a harsh and strict warden – one of the toughest in the South. Walk through the men’s and women’s cells and see where executions took place in the gallows. Discover the history behind judicial practices in the 19th century and see an array of weapons and artifacts.

Adults and children are thoroughly entertained by our costumed actors who portray deputies from the early days and everyone gets a chance to try and escape! The Old Jail is one of just a few prisons of its kind still standing and makes for a great sightseeing and history adventure.

Reserve St. Augustine Customer Reviews

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terri weston
Tampa, FL
5 Reviews
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"Old jail & hanging tree WHAAAAAT"
June, 2016
Tour guide and his accent & humor were a phenominal combo. Teen approved for history, setting, tour guide & we even had the birthday girls locked inside the birdcage AWESOME!! Got our pardon papers at the end & took some pics with the prison statues.
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Tip: Dont forget your pardon papers

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Jodie M.
Winter Springs , FL
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great history lesson"
October, 2015
Lots of fun for all ages. You do have to walk up steps, some are narrow/steep....in a separate anyone has limitations. Our guide was entertaining and great with the kids.
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Tip: Steep stairs, must be able to walk a flight.

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mj934
New York City, New York
"Historical as well as informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
It was very realistic about how cruel punishment was in the 1500.s to 1953. Actual furniture , guns and clothing from the time period
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Purpledeskee
Warsaw, Indiana
"Old Jail was Awesome"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
Great history and great story tellers! And a wonderful museum. Great place to take the kids to see something back in history. Definitely worth your time!!!!!
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src1962
Orange City, Florida
"Take the guided tour."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We enjoyed walking through the jail and learning about its history and the how the prisoners lived here. They even take you to the house were the sheriff and his family lived
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KirstyBain
Port Coquitlam, Canada
"Wow! Great tour for the whole family!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2019 NEW
Amazing from the architecture of the jail/sheriffs home to the stocks and gallows in the yard this tour open our eyes to prisons of yesteryear. What a horrendous existence for those who were incarcerated. Then again with a recidivism rate of only 2% in the 1700’s compared to 80% today maybe the judicial system wasn’t so backward afterall!
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sandytampa
Cumming, Georgia
"Different and interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2019 NEW
When we were in St Augustine in 2017, the old city jail was closed for renovations because it had been damaged by the hurricane. Went on a Trolly Tour, and was able to take the tour this year. The tour is done in first person through the eyes of a prisoner. Very interesting to hear the history of the jail, and how the prisoners were treated....sure wouldn’t fly now! Enjoyable.
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