You can’t plan a walking tour of St. Augustine without featuring one of the oldest homes in the town! The Father Miguel O’Reilly House is a must for visitors interested in learning about our lovely city’s long and fascinating history. Thanks to the garden outside, still flourishing with flowers, to the meticulously maintained rooms, you’ll feel as though you stepped back in time to the origins of the Nation’s Oldest City. Discover why you should visit the O’Reilly House in St. Augustine, FL, and book your next stay with us today!
The History of the O’Reilly House in St. Augustine, FL
Construction of the house completed in 1691, though eagle-eyed history buffs may spot elements in the home that predate even that. While the origins of the home are unknown, we do know that Father Miguel O’Reilly purchased it in 1785. After his death, it passed to the Sisters of St. Joseph, who still maintain it today. In 2003, it opened to the public as the museum you see today. Now, visitors can learn about the home’s history, the organization that preserves it, as well as the role that Catholicism has played in St. Augustine’s past.
Pop quiz! The O’Reilly House is the second-oldest structure in St. Augustine. Do you know which famous landmark is the oldest? If you said Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, you’re correct! Read more about this historic site in our blog.
Travel Back in Time
The Father Miguel O’Reilly House Museum is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, though donations are welcome and very much appreciated. You’ll be able to explore six rooms of the home as well as the gardens. This historic home is just a nine-minute walk from Agustin Inn.
Other Historic Sites to See
González Alvarez House
The González Alvarez House is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial dwelling in St. Augustine. Dating back to the early 18th century, this home offers tours every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Part-event space and part-historic home, the Ximenez-Fatio House strives to showcase this beautiful structure as it was in the early 19th century. They are typically open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with guided tours every 30 minutes. However, they do close on occasion for special events.
Book Your Next Stay at Agustin Inn
Stay just a short walk from the Father Miguel O’Reilly House when you book a room at Agustin Inn! Our historic bed and breakfast offers premier accommodations in St. Augustine. Guests enjoy comfortable guest rooms, top-notch accommodations, a delicious daily breakfast, and a central location in historic St. Augustine. You’ll be able to walk to the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in town!
Check our availability and book your next stay with us today! We look forward to having you.