Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse150 Votes Currently Closed
A fruitful pecan tree stands protecting the Oldest Wooden School House for the last 250 years. The roll call handing on the door beckons you in. Enter the oldest school house at St. Augustine and revel in the past. Go to the meditation room and imagine yourself in that chamber, relax, and breathe. Walk around the classroom and find old textbooks and school supplies. Visualise sitting at the desk while the teacher stood before you in attendance.
The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is a wooden building that served as a schoolhouse for St. Augustine as far back as 1788. Situated near the City Gates, The Old School House has an enduring look of another time. It was built with red cedar and cypress and put together with wooden pegs and handmade nails. It is encircled by a large chain, placed there in 1937, to help anchor it to the ground in case of a hurricane.
The school master had the kitchen constructed separately from the main building to be safe if there was a threat of fire. The utensils that were used in the kitchen is on display. The Old Wooden Schoolhouse was originally a home for the Genoply family who later changed it to a schoolhouse. The homestead was one story and composed of a single large room which had no electricity or plumbing. A privy was also made away from the main house with a wall built around it to ensure privacy, and a well nearby was used to draw water. The second story of the house wasn’t created until later.
Besides being the original owner, Juan Genoply also functioned as the first schoolteacher. The house was sufficient for Juan alone, but when he married and transformed the house into the first co-ed school in 1788, one room was not enough. The second story was added in order to provide Juan and his family with the privacy they needed. While his classes were taught downstairs, his family occupied the comfortable living space of the upstairs.
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse Travel Tips
- The school is open every day except Christmas from 9 to 5 with extended summer hours.
- The facility features a self-guided tour with a robotic professor and student giving a brief history on the house.
- There are also numerous items with information posted around the building to read.
- Gardens located behind the house feature exhibits of the kitchen, a rebuilt outhouse, and an old well.
Entrance Ticket Details For Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
- Adult: $4.95
- Student (6–12): $3.95
- Children (5 and under): Free
How to Reach Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
- By Bus Station: San Marco Visitor Ctr
- Mill Top Tavern: American
- City Perks Coffee Co: Café
- Cruisers Grill: American
- Al's Pizza: Italian
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12.03% of people who visit St Augustine include Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
56.25% of people start their Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
56.25% of people prefer walking in order to reach Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse Reviews & Ratings
We've been here before a few years ago (during the day) and will be doing so again soon...will add more pics later. But this is a cool place to visit FOR SURE, even just to walk by at night. It's such a neat part of history and really fun to walk through the tour inside. Educational for all ages and a must see, especially if you're a history buff! The whole area of Historic St. Augustine is actually ❤️
Was great to see the first school and how it started and was working. Admire that it was turned to the museum. My kids appreciated the nowadays progress 😃 after the tour.
The oldest wooden school house is great time machine! We can peek at how the schools were built back then. Also how the students and teachers interacted with each other. It's a fun place to take the kids. It is a paid attraction and the mon8goes to maintain the school.
Step back in time while visiting this unique piece of history. Built in the mid 1700’s the museum interior has been designed to reflect the setting as it was when the last class attended the school in the early 1900’s.
It's tucked away on a busy street. The garden makes you forget where you are. Very cozy school house. A bit warm inside on a hot day. You don't just see an old school house. You see an out house, kitchen, an upstairs living quarters, a garden, old tools they used in gardening and "busts" of some influential people of St. Augustine. Well worth the money and it is some where you see in addition to walking along st george street.