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Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum
Ranked #88 of 188 things to do in St. Augustine
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Oviedo, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“must see”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

great tour guides, very historic and informational. Its a little off the main path but it does have a trolley stop,

Visited March 2014
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Rockford, IL
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Tucked away”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

According to the docent, this is the oldest house in America. It has many artifacts from the days when the sisters taught school here, and the beautiful "Lady of the Hurricane". Certainly worth a visit...it is free, with a donation box.

Visited March 2014
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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
382 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
“Brimming with history”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

An excavation performed in 2000 showed that the original building at this site was actually the FIRST house in St. Augustine, making this truly the Oldest in the Old town.
When we walked through the door, we were greeted by Sr. Pat, who had us sit and watch a movie on the history of the house.

In 1867, the Sisters of St. Joseph were brought to St. Augustine to educate the freed poor white slaves. The story was fascinating. The house is filled with many unusual items.
Two madonnas: The Hurricane Lady, which has an interesting folklore behind it, and a Belgium wooden carved pregnant Madonna. Very unusual, and carefully preserved.

There are some unusual paintings on Linen from the 1890's that are amazing.

On the second floor, there is a room filled with items from the original school. Anything from a harp to chemistry beakers to astronomy instruments from that time era is preserved in the building.

There are also many religious icons and items located in a separate room. Sister Pat was eager to answer any questions that one might have during the tour.

On the 3rd floor, there is a recreation of the sleeping area, with two animated nuns, who have a brief conversation, making one aware of life in that time period. This is more to make children aware of the history, but we found it interesting as well.

There is no charge to tour the museum, although a donation is suggested.
I found this well worth the time. I highly recommend taking the tour.

They do close the house when the rain is heavy, because they don't want any damage done from wet shoes and dripping rain gear, to the floor.
I would go earlier in the day, just to be sure that the place will be open. With the location on Aviles Street, it is not out of the way, so if it is closed, you can easily come back another day.

Visited February 2014
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Warner Robins, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A hidden piece of history”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

I found this online while planning our recent trip. Apparently its been open for many years but we hadn't discovered it. We got there 5 minutes before the last admission time so we didn't explore it as thoroughly as we would have liked to, but we will visit again during our next trip.

The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable of the house's history.

I heard someone inside say it was the true "Oldest House".

Visited February 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful ”
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We found this house as we walked the streets on our way back to our bed and breakfast. The entrance is free and have the only original garden from the period which is still kept up by the nuns in the adjacent Abby. The house and its artifacts are amazing and the self guided tour was nice. It was great to see the oldest house in St. Augustine and the history of the nuns who taught, nursed the sick and provided for the children of St. Augustine. They were the first to teach black children and even faced jail time for going against the mandates of the state of Florida that had dictated it was illegal to teach blacks. They supported them selves by teaching French, music and creating to most amazing lace patterns. I can't wait to come back this summer and bring our children. They take donations to support the upkeep of the museum.

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