Old Whipping Post

Old Whipping Post (HMIFT)

Location: Monroe, MI 48161 Monroe County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 54.914', W 83° 23.826'

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Public whipping for minor crime was a custom brought from New England by Monroe's earliest American settler's. Not general in the midwest, the punishment was administered here chiefly to ne'er-do-wells whom the citizens wished to be rid of.

Peter P. Ferry, a former soldier of Napoleon's army, served as a local justice of the peace. He sentenced many an offender to be lashed in public until the custom was abolished around 1835.

The first frame courthouse was built across the street from here in 1817 when Monroe became the county seat. The whipping post was erected in front of it.
Placed ByMonroe County Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 4:53am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 301208 N 4643143
Decimal Degrees41.91523333, -83.39710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 54.914', W 83° 23.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 54' 54.84" N, 83° 23' 49.56" W
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Area Code(s)734
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 59-91 E 1st St, Monroe MI 48161, US
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