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by matcrazy1

The cells of Williamsburg's Public Gaol (jail) were unheated and unfreezed, not air-conditioned and often were overcrowded. The prisoneres suffered both from heat in summer and cold in winter. They had only think blanket. Although, I must admit that the interior was a little bit isolated from the outside by thick wooden boards which cover its brick walls inside. Anyway, the Gaol fever - probably typhus - broke out from time to time.

Inside cells there are manacles and chains fixed to walls used to chain some prisoners. And each cell had throne-like privy in its corner and... nothing more. Well, at least they have a window letting some light inside.

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

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 29, 2004
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