The Old Jail was built by hotel magnate Henry Flagler in 1891, and its pink stucco exterior makes it look a lot like the luxurious hotels that Flagler built and owned. Flagler knew the residents of St Augustine needed a jail to maintain order, and he built a structure that would be just as pleasing to the eye as the rest of the charming resort homes and structures that surrounded it. The Old Jail served the city of St Augustine for over 60 years until 1953 when it became one of the famous Florida Attractions. Today, it is a rare example of a 19th century jail, one of only a few left standing in the country. Learn more about this wonderful place to visit.
Visitors can tour the jail and the museum inside. Along the tour, actors tell former prisoner stories and visitors can view the sheriff’s quarters where the sheriff and his family lived, the male and female cells, the maximum security area, as well as the Old Jail Museum and its large collection of antique weapons and artillery. Also, the jail’s gallows have been restored and there is a nice “birdcage” cell that many tourists like to snap pictures inside. Many of the local Tours, especially the Trolley Tours, stop at the Old Jail and will allow you to experience this and other famous Attractions.
Visiting the Old Jail is a fun outing for everyone and it is just one of the many hotspots located nearby to our charming Bed and Breakfasts. Our Inns offer the very best in Beach Lodging and are convenient to all of the fun Things to Do. Browse the information on St Augustine and learn about all of the exciting places to see and enjoy on your Florida Getaway.