The Old Jail of St. Augustine
St. Augustine is technically the oldest town in America, and their old jail is still there. It is not in the best shape anymore, but it is still one of the best places to go when you want to learn about the city. This means that you have seen something that truly comes from another time. Ask your tour guide to show you the whole space, and allow them to show you all the parts of this jail and how the city was built atound it.
This is a really interesting tour because you are going to one of the oldest buildings in the country. This particular building allows you to see the cornerstone that was laid out so long ago, and you might use the tour as a way to get to know the town in a better way.
There are a few people who want to come to the jail because they are taking pictures of the whole city, and there are others who want to make this jail part of a much larger tour. You will see the jail from all angles, and you learn how it was used long ago when the city was founded.
Get your tickets online, and learn how the tour sets out at times that are best for you. This is the perfect thing for you to do to truly enjoy St. Augustine.
The people who come to town get to see the history of the city, and they start having a good time because they are in touch with the old days.
For nearly 60 years — until 1953 — the Old Jail served as the St. Johns County facility for petty thieves and hardened criminals. There were even eight recorded executions, two of which were accused murderers. Sim Jackson, who was hanged in 1908 after murdering his wife with a straight razor, is among the group.
Today, visitors learn about the infamous Sheriff Perry, who served from 1889 until 1897 and again from 1901 until 1919. His stature as a 'big, bold man' at 6'6' and weighing 300 pounds was intimidating even for the most hardcore of inmates. Though popular in the community, Perry was feared amongst cell inhabitants — both male and female — for his reputation of renting out prisoners to local farmers through a leasing system.
Visitors can also take a look at the cell blocks, gallows and sheriff's quarters. See where the sheriff, his wife and children lived, right upstairs from the prisoners, and how they used their own kitchen to prepare meals for the inmates. A tour through this attraction will show visitors what life was like as an inmate and how the Old Jail helped shape St. Augustine's history.
Pickup & Return:
Old Jail, 167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine , FL 32084.
Departure Times: Tours depart continuously every 20 minutes.
9:00 am with the last tour departing at 4:30 PM.
December 24: Last tour is at 3pm.
December 25: Closed.
Hours of operation are extended during holiday periods, please call local operator for details.
- Entrance ticket
Does not include:
- Transportation to/from attraction
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children 5 yrs. and younger are free
- Free parking available
- Reservations are not accepted, tours operate on a first come, first serve basis on the day of