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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from St. Augustine Old Jail
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
Verified Traveler
"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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Marcia B
South Point, Ohio
"I beat cancer trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
I had to go here as it was a childhood memory. I was not disappointed. The place was fun and the @ inmates” were great. It was a nice tour with lots of information.
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PCBIllinois
Washington, Illinois
"Interesting history"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019 NEW
The jail visit was ok, had interesting history and the guide did a good job. Check it out if you like old jail stories.
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groneveltj
Grand Haven, Michigan
"Kitsch!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2019 NEW
This is a light hearted tour of the old jail. Our tour guide did a great job. It's eye opening to see the conditions that prisoners had to endure.
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genebev
"visit the old jail in st augustin, florida"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2019 NEW
My wife and I and some friends went to St Augustine florida for a quick trip. One of the places we toured was the oldest jail in the united states. it was a fun history tour. The tour guide Deputy Slaughter" was outstanding. He did an awesome job while staying in character. He looked and acted as through he belonged in the Era. He dressed and talked as if you were in the 1900;s. He answered questions for adults and children alike. We recommend this "old Jail" tour to anyone visiting St Augustine.
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M K
Los Angeles, California
"Worth the visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2019 NEW
Bucky was an informative role-playing guide, dressed in black and white prison garb. He pretends the tourists are new prisoners. Had to get used to the obnoxious ‘tude, but it’s part of his job. It’s about a 45 minute tour. Very interesting. The gallows was most memorable and disheartening for me. It was very uncomfortable standing in front of where people were hung. And to think a crowd of 500 would show up to be entertained. I stayed long enough at the end to browse stuff on the walls. The next guide, Ian, gave some different information. Made me wanna go another round with him. The jail is in a good location; same area as the General Store Museum, St. Augustine History Museum, and a Hop On/Hop Off Trolley stop.
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