Oldest Store Museum. The contents of the store were purchased 10 years ago by Historic Tours of America, which also owns the Old Town Trolleys, the Oldest Jail and the St. Augustine History Museum.
The museum is a wonderful collection of 1,000's of items from the original C.F. Hamblen Store, which was one of the three largest suppliers in Florida during the early 20th century. During that time if Hamblen didn't have it, you probably didn't need it. Visitors to St. Augustine might remember when the store was located on Aviles Street. This new museum is located next to the oldest Jail on San Marco Avenue. I was amazed at the like new condition of the items in this old general store. The museum has a nice collection of washing machines, including a goat powered unit, which I am sure was every housewife's dream to have.
Next time you are visiting St. Augustine, make sure that you visit the newest store in town, The Oldest Store Museum. It will definitely put a smile on your face and you might even remember of few of these items from your youth. Make sure that schedule enough time for this St. Augustine attraction and stay locally, it is the better way to stay for history!