Historical Significance of the Oldest Wooden School House:   The Genopoly House as it was originally known, is St. Augustine's oldest surviving wooden structure; immense care has gone into its preservation over the years.  The property began as a guard house for the British army during the British period, 1763 to 1782. It was purchased around 1780 by Juan Genopoly a carpenter from Mani, Greece, who added a second story to the cedar crafted home.  Genopoly was one of a group of indentured laborers brought to the New World by Andrew Turnbull to work an indigo plantation at New Smyrna.  This group of 1,403 Minorcans, Greeks and Italians suffered mistreatment, starvation and overextended servitudes at Turnbull's plantation.  In 1777 six hundred refugees, led by Genopoly, Francisco Pellicer and Antonio Llambias, walked to St Augustine and were granted asylum by Governor Tonyn.  Collectively called “Minorcans”, they were an important part of the fabric of St Augustine history.  Juan Genopoly was known to have three wives who died while living in the house.

Special Event Paranormal Investigations
Ever wanted to do your own paranormal investigation inside an actual haunted building? As the oldest & most trusted Ghost Tour organization we are frequently granted special access to the town's most authentic historic haunts. We search out the supernatural in places like old homes, museums, inns, taverns and sacred grounds... AND NOW YOU CAN JOIN US! Our professional paranormal team will show you how to use real paranormal investigative equipment which we supply. Just bring your courage and your cameras and prepare to believe. These investigations are held at different locations around St. Augustine on select dates. Ticket prices vary depending on event location. The investigations last anywhere from 2 - 2.5 hours usually between 10pm and 1am. Note these paranormal investigation events are not suitable for young children. Space is VERY limited as these events fill quickly so you must book in advance. Give us a call to find out when we have upcoming events. If you would like to schedule your own private paranormal investigation, we can usually set something up for groups of 10 or more with 24hrs notice. Contact us at (904) 829-1122 or email info@staugustinetours.com for more information and/or to schedule your own investigation with us.

This building was a home first but, as early as 1811, members of the Genopoly family taught the children of other Minorcan families in the first floor “schoolroom” of this building.  The family occupied the parlor and upstairs.  Juan Genopoly died in 1820  His home later served as a tearoom for tourists, a retail shop, and a photography studio.  It was opened as a tourist attraction in the 1930's.  Newspaper articles from 1931 document a reunion of students who attended the “Little Wooden School” as early as 1861.  Artifacts found on the property include cannonballs and military buttons, attesting to the sometimes turbulent history of this end of town.


Ever since opening to the public, there has been an immense number of reports of paranormal occurrences, continuing to this day. The old well in the gardens has been the center of many strange happenings; you'll learn more about this during your investigation. Through research and archival records, stories of deaths and strange events on the property have been found. A number of psychics and paranormal researchers have investigated the property and reported bizarre findings- but no public programs have been allowed until now... Come be a part of history, with the team from Ghost Tours of St Augustine and the Oldest Wooden School House Museum & Gardens!

NEW FOR SUMMER 2016:   We are now offering professionally guided paranormal investigations of the Oldest Wooden School House on St George Street! Tours are Friday & Saturday nights at 9pm, last appx 2 hours, and are $49 p/p. Use or our equipment is included, and/or you're welcome to bring your own... be sure to bring your phone or camera (and any other equipment you wish)  to record findings! Paranormal Investigation programs start at 9:00pm prompt at the Oldest Wooden School House located at 14 St George Street, the north end close to the old City Gates. Call for more details (904) 829-1122 or book online here. Spaces are limited and do fill fast, advance reservations required.