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This costumed guy, on my picture, was the jail keeper or jailer. In the past he lived together with his wife in the same edifice as prisoners although in much better conditions upstairs. Currently, the historical interpreter helps visitors to understand jail's history and culture.

The jailor is dresses in casual clothes of the early 18th century. There were no blue jeans and T-shirts that time. Blue jeans were patented in 1873 by businessman Levi Strauss and their real inventor - Latvian immigrant to the USA, Jacob Davis. T-shirts were used as undergarnment by troops during WWI in Europe (1914-1918) and by everyone as garnment since 1950s.

I got to know that original jail had only two cells, an exercise yard and lodgings for keeper. Later on it was enlarged to eight cells, the keeper's quarters were extended and an exterior courtyard added. It served until 1910 and was restored in 1936.

Address: Nicholson Street, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Directions: From the Visitors Center take a blue line shuttle bus and take off on the second bus stop. Go northwest across the Capitol grounds, the jail on the north side of Nicholson Street, 0.1 mi north of the Capitol.
othercontact: +1 (800) 761-8331
Phone: +1 (757) 229-1000
Website: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/Almanack/places/hb/hbgaol.cfm

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  • Updated Dec 29, 2004
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