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Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum

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Address: 32 Aviles St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4445
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Great history lesson!

My husband and I stopped here while avoiding the overcrowded streets of St Augustine. It's an old school house/living quarters for the Sister's of St Joseph. The story of how the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 August 2014
Jennifer C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stopped here while avoiding the overcrowded streets of St Augustine. It's an old school house/living quarters for the Sister's of St Joseph. The story of how the building was made and changed over the decades is really quite awesome. Admission is free but there is NO air conditioning. Fans throughout but still really hot. Lots of... More 

3 Thank Jennifer C
West Palm Beach
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

I am not catholic nor am I very religious, but this was an enlightening visit. I loved the volunteers that provided information and good conversation. The artifacts the nuns have gifted to the museum were so interesting, spanning many decades. The connections to other parts of Florida history was of great interest to me.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

This museum explains it, and tells the story of the French Catholic nuns who came after the Civil War to teach freed slaves. It's one of the oldest buildings in St. Augustine, with a very nice and helpful staff to explain its history.

3 Thank Andrew M
Oviedo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

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

1 Thank mabel4484
Rockford, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 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.

5 Thank maryallen99
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 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... More 

4 Thank geismom
Warner Robins, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 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... More 

1 Thank Hailey A
Monticello, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

This late 17th century house enjoys some of the richest history in St Augustine. By the time Father Miguel O'Reilly bought it in 1785, it was already an old house that had seen St Augustine grow from a tiny colony of Spaniards into a respectable town. It had also seen St Augustine change hands twice - from Spanish to British... More 

1 Thank Summer S
DeLand, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Interesting house with a few oddities. It housed the sisters, which most of the history is about them. It also has the hurricaine lady keeping Saint Augustine safe. They had audio toyr but it was not offered. The sweet women gave us a brief history and said to ask if we had any questions. All the rooms filled with historical... More 

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