Oldest Store Museum Experience

Oldest Store Museum Experience

Step back in time and explore the “modern” wonders of an early 20th-century general store.

Welcome to the Oldest Store Museum Experience in St. Augustine! This museum recreates the original St. Augustine general store operate by C.F Hamblen in 1908. It is aptly named the first store because it was not only the first in St. Augustine but technically the first in the U.S., as St. Augustine was the first city!

Originally this general store was opened solely to provide goods for Henry Flagler during his big construction boom around the city, but it soon turned into much more.

A look around St. Augustine’s Old Store Museum reveals a panoply of odd tchotchkes, rusty and weathered cans, medicine bottles, and a treasure trove of goods and hardware from a bygone era.

Today you can visit and see the extensive collection of authentic products lining the walls, living history guides dressed as old fashioned clerks and salesmen there to demo all the 'best time-saving miracles from the rockin’ 1900s!' They will show you all the latest inventions and products such as turn-of-the-century tonics, unicycles, goat-powered washing machines, farm equipment, corsets, grain threshers, 'healthy underwear', and so much more! There are tours every 20 minutes, the last departing at 4:30.


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