Liberty County Jail, 1892, Hinesville

liberty county jail hinesville ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

This was used as the jail until 1969. When groundbreaking for the new jail was done in 1970, Governor Lester Maddox condemned this structure as “a rotten, filthy rathole”. Harsh words, but they came at a time when jails of this era were being demolished and replaced all over Georgia. It also contained the residence of the jailer, who was often the county sheriff. The architect is unknown, but the builder was a Mr. Parkhill. Today, the jail is a free museum owned by the City of Hinesville. It’s open from 10-12 on Tuesdays and Fridays.

old liberty county jail hinesville ga inmate cell photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

National Register of Historic Places

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5 responses to “Liberty County Jail, 1892, Hinesville

  1. Victoria Thomas

    Where exactly is the jailhouse at in Hinesville? I was stationed at FT. Stewart for 3 years and it seems vaguely familar. I cannot tell you how much I miss living in Georgia. I now live in Maine so as you can imagine it is a huge difference!

    • It’s downtown, Victoria, about a block from the courthouse…thanks for your interest. Maine would be wonderful now, but not in the winter!

      • Victoria Thomas

        I got married at the courthouse–that must be where I remember seeing it then. I really wish I did more exploring when I lived there but I was active duty and all and then their was OIF too. I’m hoping that if I go down to FL this fall we will do some hunting around then when we pass through.

        It’s beautiful up here now (Maine) and the winter isn’t too bad. Last winter was very mild compared to most. I grew up in upstate NY along Lake Ontario and the winters are far worse there than here.

  2. Thanks for a wonderful site and all the work you have put into it. It was just forwarded to me and I will be looking at it for weeks, I’m sure. I especially appreciate all the good links.

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