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Old Jail Museum Tour in St. Augustine

Highlights
  • Tour of the Old Jail Museum in St. Augustine, including maximum security cells
  • Hear the tales of infamous criminals who once stayed here
  • Learn how executions were held in the gallows
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Old Jail Museum Tour in St. Augustine
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Old Jail Museum Tour in St. Augustine
From $13.83
Overview
Once a holding site for St. Augustine’s hardest criminals, the Old Jail Museum now offers visitors an educational look at life in the Nation’s Oldest City. Tour a maximum security area and regular cells alike that held prisoners until 1953, learning about fascinating historical accounts of criminal lives in St. Augustine as you go.
What to Expect

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.

Reviews (9)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Do NOT take pictures of the Hanging!

You've been moved back a hundred years. There are a lot of people you know that fought in the Civil War. Black people are "separate but equal". Autos are more a curiosity than anything else. Electricity is highly scary (no TV, radio or light bulbs)...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DancingBlueDragon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
beware of the ticket seller on-site

The jail tour would have got a 5 star if it wasn't for the gentleman selling tickets to the attraction on the grounds ... we just wanted the History Tour, and the General Store tour, and had the hardest time explaining that(for some reason) when...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Ron L
Reviewed November 1, 2018
Nice to visit but don't stay!

Informative (if loud) tour guide, great insight into horrid penal conditions, over-tough sheriff, any potential felon would likely be scared straight by a pre-crime visit to this place. Haunting images and conditions, one gets a true sense of a "leave feet first" jail of 100...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Michael B
Reviewed October 14, 2018
No "three hots and a cot" here!

The tour was led by Sheriff Slaughter, who was entertaining and informative. Could be almost a dead ringer for Billy Bob Thornton, too! You really got a feel for how oppressive being in this jail would have been, and how eager not to return the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Moopawzer
Reviewed August 6, 2018
Fun & Historical

Loved this. 3 generations of the family went and it was so informative, historical and fun at the same time. Our guide was Ian and he was the best. He made us laugh and got us involved and I highly recommend going. Had the best...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank andrea40_11
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