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.

Description

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.

Tripster 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
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"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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leroys875
Fort Myers, Florida
"A Capturing Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2019 NEW
Went on the tour today, what a great guide, Deputy Slaughter did an outstanding job. My two grandsons loved the tour. Our guide made the experience both informative and entertaining. I would highly recommend taking this tour if your in Saint Augustine. If you can get “Deputy Slaughter “ as your guide. Thank you for a memorable experience.
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cassimccarrick
Orlando, Florida
"Jack was the best!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Added this to our Trolley Tour package. Not disappointed at all! Loved learning about the history in an interactive and fun manner! Our tour guide, Jack, was the best! He made it interesting and we had a blast! Definitely recommend to anyone who is visiting and we will visit again in the future!
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anthony22s
Kingsport, Tennessee
"Very interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
This is a cool tour that is guided our guide bobaleu was very informative and funny, telling the stories he made learning history fun.
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Backus32
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
This was my third trip to the Old Jail and my second tour given by Deputy Slaughter and it was amazing as usual! He is a very informed and engaged tour guide that always manages to make each visit unique and keep me wanting to come back. The rest of the staff was so friendly and knowledgeable as well. Keep up the good work guys!
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Haley_R123
"Great Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
We visited here on Saturday and were just in town for the day. I had no idea what to expect when coming to the jail. I thought it would be a boring tour of an old jail, but it was more interactive than that. I think our guide's name was Edward and he was so funny! He made the tour much more fun compared to if we would've just walked through the jail and had him spouting information. He did give great information, but in a fun way. You get to go inside some of the old cells, see the gallows, and even go into the sheriff's quarters. I highly recommend this experience if you're going to be in town. We were able to get a discount by buying at the information center before going to the jail.
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