The Old Jail

The Old Jail

Another part of our St. Augustine tour that was well done, if considerably darker, was the Old County Jail. Flagler’s guests hadn’t liked the proximity of the Jail to the hotels, so Flagler built St. Augustine a pretty Victorian one some distance away, complete with a domestic wing for the sheriff’s family. The jail itself proved absolutely brutal, escape-proof, and became the template for the cell-system later used in the building of Alcatraz. Our docent wore prison garb, and put everything he had into his character and material, making it come alive for his audience.

A jail cell and our tour guide

Cell block "picnic table"

The chilling fact is that this jail only ceased to operate in the 1950s.

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