During the summer and fall months the solid metal doors of Wayne County's Old Stone Jail are unlocked to allow visitors an opportunity to tour one of the county's most interesting historic buildings. Built in 1859, this squat stone edifice housed Wayne County's miscreants until 1935. Constructed almost entirely of rough stone, its damp, gloomy interior has been compared to a dungeon. Volunteers are on hand to usher visitors into the 9 x 12-foot cells as they relate the history of the jail and some of its more notorious occupants, including jailbreaks, hangings and even the birth of a baby girl within its somber walls. During the early history of the jail, men, women and even children endured the dismal accommodations.
For a more dramatic tour come see the "Old Stone Jail Players". Hear Sheriff Fred and Sheriff Mike tell tales of miscreants from long ago.
Stories of escape, stories of shame, and even stories of women in jail in the 1800's.
All true, well researched tales from local newspaper accounts.
Stand inside of the Sheriff's office where James McCabe and other notorious Wayne County criminals once stood or step inside of the jail cell with an original cell door riveted together over 156 years ago. Call the Wayne County Historical Society for dates and times.