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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.
If you could ask former inmates Charlie Powell and Slim Jackson who the meanest ‘hombre’ in this penitentiary was, they would unanimously agree – Sheriff Joe Perry. Hard to imagine this particular fella being good at anything else as committed as he was to make the lives of the Old Jail’s prisoners anything but comfortable. He could often be seen roaming the cellblocks with a coiled piece of rope, the kind you might see hanging from a cowboy’s saddle. Let’s not get hung up on the details as to what he used it for. When you visit the Old Jail, Sheriff Joe will be happy to tell you himself.
Guided tours depart every 20 minutes beginning at 9:00 am. Tours are offered until 3:00 pm on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Please arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to the departure of the tour as all tours leave promptly.
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