Old Greene County "Gaol"

Old Greene County "Gaol" (HMAAM)

Location: Greensboro, GA 30642 Greene County
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N 33° 34.616', W 83° 10.892'

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The old rock jail in the rear of the Court House is patterned after the bastilles where prisoners were housed and punished a hundred or more years ago. Built of granite about two feet thick, it is two stories in height and has a trap door in the floor of the upper story where condemned prisoners were hanged. An iron bar supported the trap door. When the signal was given, the hangman pulled the lever that controlled the bar and the culprit was launched into eternity.

This prison was built about 1807, after the General Presentments of the Greene County Superior Court recommended that a substantial jail be built.

The cells are veritable dungeons without light or ventilation, except for the grated door downstairs and the small, grated windows above. The dungeons in Fort Marion are no more horrible. It was used as a jail until about 1895.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number066-5
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:41pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 297527 N 3717381
Decimal Degrees33.57693333, -83.18153333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 34.616', W 83° 10.892'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 34' 36.96" N, 83° 10' 53.52" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 E Greene St, Greensboro GA 30642, US
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