The GallowsIt is possible that early executions were carried out here in the exercise yard, however it is equally probably that they occurred in front of the jail, close to the courthouse or at another public location. Hangings were public in Virginia before the General Assembly passed the Criminal Punishment Law in 1879. In Fauquier County, the first executions under the new law were the hangings of John Williams and Winter Payne in the early hours of July 11, 1879. The two men were sentenced for the murder of Howard Holtzclaw. Newspaper articles provided a clear description of the execution. The attraction of the private execution drew a large crowd. "The crowd about the door was large and eager to enter. About thirty persons were admitted?", reported The Solid South.
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|Date Added||Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 8:12am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 256877 N 4288707|
|Decimal Degrees||38.71360000, -77.79620000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 42.816', W 77° 47.772'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 42' 48.96" N, 77° 47' 46.32" W|
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|Area Code(s)||703, 540|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2-18 Ashby St, Warrenton VA 20186, US|
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