About Oldest Store
Situated on San Marco Avenue in historic St. Augustine, the Oldest Store Museum offers a unique experience seeing some of the most incredible items created at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors can watch actors portray clerks, snake oil salesmen, and butchers while showing you items like a steam-driven tractor, a grain thresher, guns and ammunition, tonics and elixirs, and more.
More Information on Oldest Store
Watch in amazement as the friendly clerks, butcher, and snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for the turn of the century living. Items such as a goat-powered washing machine and a gas-powered iron! It’s truly like walking into a Sears Roebuck catalog from 1908.
Meet the proprietor: Mr. C.F. Hamblen and watch in amazement as the friendly clerks, butcher, and snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for the turn of the century living.
Store to Museum
The development of the new Oldest Store Museum took over three years. Over thousands of objects from St. Augustine’s past are on display. A turn-of-the-century general store was recreated with original store counters, displays, and merchandise. The old warehouses were rebuilt using interiors from the original building. The museum is a vibrant step back in time for visitors that illustrates, in remarkable detail, what life was like in turn-of-the-century America.
How It Started
The contents of this store were once the property of Charles Hamblin, about as big and recognizable a name to locals of the Ancient City as any. This general store was opened initially for the express purpose of supplying Henry Flagler with the goods he needed to move ahead with his many construction projects which included the famed Ponce de Leone Hotel (later to become Flagler College.) The Old Store played a significant role in ushering in a new path towards St. Augustine’s evolution into the city you see today.