The Delaware County Historical Society
has arranged to offer
Old Jail Tours at the historic Delaware County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail

Old Jail Tours - Historic Property - Sheriff's Residence and Jail - Delaware Ohio - Delaware County Historical Society

Saturday, October 26, 2019  2 – 4 pm
at the historic Delaware County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail
20 West Central St, Delaware Ohio
Tour Leaders: Brent Carson and Dave Hejmanowski

Guided tours of our iconic historic jail facility that housed prisoners from 1878 to 1988.

About The Old Jail Tour:

Step inside history and join Delaware County Historical Society volunteers, Brent Carson and Dave Hejmanowski, as they take visitors on guided tours of this iconic historic jail which housed prisoners from 1878 to 1988.

Visitors will be guided in groups through part of the first floor of the Sheriff’s Residence, currently used as the county law library, and into the Jail / cellblock portion of the building, where you will have time to experience the confined space that in later years held dozens of prisoners.  You will hear stories about the jail, jailers and prisoners;and learn about the prison reform movement of the mid to late 1800s.  During this time in history, the sheriff’s family lived in a fine home, and was definitely close to work!

The sheriff’s residence portion of the building is primarily Italianate architectural style, with some Gothic Revival and Second Empire details.  The jail’s cellblock at the rear has vestigial embattlements on the top of its walls suggesting a fortress.

This could be your last chance to see this historic Delaware treasure.

Delaware Gazette Feb 27, 2018
Sheriff's Office and County Jail - Delaware Ohio - This Place Matters
“This Place Matters”

Reserve Your Seats

The tours are free and open to the public, but a suggested donation of $5 per person will be gratefully accepted at the door. The guide tour will last up to 30 minutes.

To ensure your place in a tour group, registration is strongly suggested
Click to Reserve Your Place
or call DCHS at 740-369-3831, ext. 3.

This program will be held at:

Old Delaware County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail
20 West Central Avenue
Delaware Ohio
This building contains stairs which people with mobility issues may find limiting.

The jail cell walls still have graffiti on them which some may find offensive.

For more information,
or call 740-369-3831, ext. 3.

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