Twisted Road Trip: The Old St. John’s County Jail

Episode 109

Last week I was on the road for business, not far from St. Augustine, Florida. On my last evening in town I found myself standing outside the Old St. John’s County Jail, or the old jail as it’s called by many today.

The old jail is just shy of 130 years old. It ceased being a prison in 1953 and within just a year was converted into a historic museum. I’d like you to join me on a road trip down the coast to the old jail in St. Augustine, Florida. No, we’re not in the city of brotherly love, but this twisted little jail, which looks more like a hotel than a prison, is filled with history, hauntings and hangings. It is definitely worth the trip!

Research sources for this episode include:

  • Ghosts and Gravestones in St. Augustine by John Stavely
  • Old Town Trolley Tour (Tour of the Old Jail)
  • The St. Augustine Record
  • Florida’s Historic Coast
  • The Weekly Tribune, Tampa, FL (1890 – 1902)
  • The Oscala Evening Star (1906-1908)
  • Pensacola News Journal (1906-1910)
  • St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office

Thank you to Emmy Cerra forthe music you heard in this episode of TwistedPhilly.  You can find out more about Emmy on her website at and download her music on iTunes. 

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