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Gaol - Jail, Williamsburg: 9 reviews and 13 photos

  The jail
by b1bob

In colonial times, the jailer and his wife would live in the same building as the inmates, though their living conditions were much better. Most occupants were men and women awaiting trial in the General Court and the Court of Oyer and Terminer or convicts waiting to be branded, whipped, or hanged, depending on their sentences. Though sentences were harsh by modern standards, first offenders might expect more mercy, and some were merely fined. The Gaol was not intended for long-term imprisonment.

Address: Near the capitol.

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2004
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