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Old Jail Museum Tour in St. Augustine

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    Visit: Old Jail, 167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3269

    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.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Visit: Historic Tours of America - St. Augustine, 167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3269

    Experience is offered by Historic Tours of America

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We really enjoyed the tour. Otis our your guide did an awesome job. He really got into. He was funny and informative. We went on several tours in two days and this one was our favorite. This was the first time that we bought a...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Michael B
    Inspire32764340282, Guest Relations Manager at Historic Tours of America - St. Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Lots of fun. Bob Lew was good guide very informative. He was funny but also scared us a couple of times.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Ubushey
    Reviewed 13 July 2019 via mobile

    Ian was our guide and he was fabulous. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. I would definitely recommend this tour.

    Thank 664samanthah
    Reviewed 16 June 2019 via mobile

    Benny! Benny! Benny from Brooklyn was great!!! Very informative and made it so much fun! The best tour guide we’ve had at the old jail!!

    Thank kittie_kat_76
    Inspire32764340282, Guest Relations Manager at Historic Tours of America - St. Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2019

    We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience. We take pride in serving our customers and hope to see you again soon!

    Reviewed 18 May 2019

    Deputy Slaughter guided our tour. He made it fun and interesting. The last part is self guided. We liked that, too.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Linda W
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