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 a harsh and strict warden, was one of the toughest in the South. Walkthrough 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 great sightseeing and history adventure.
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