Tag Archives: South Georgia Jails

Ailey Jail

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Small temporary jails of this style are also known as calabooses.

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Beech Street Landmarks, Cochran

Cochran GA Beech Street Landmarks Jail Cotton Warehouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The Bonded Warehouse (l) and the old Bleckley County Jail (r) are two of my favorite landmarks in Cochran.

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Old Bleckley County Jail, Cochran

Cochran GA Old Bleckley County Jail Castle Style Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I haven’t been able to locate a history of this structure yet, but it was likely built around 190o-1915. Citadel-style jails like this were popular at that time. I know it was in use as the county building inspector’s office as late as 2008.

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Old Dodge County Jail, 1897, Eastman

Old Dodge County Jail Eastman GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Designed by the great courthouse architect J. W. Golucke (Golucke & Stewart), Dodge County’s historic jail was built by the Pauly Jail Building Company, which is still in business today. It originally featured a three-story tower in the center, but that was removed during a roof renovation. It closed in 1973 upon the completion of a more modern facility.

Old Dodge County Jail Eastman GA Window Detail Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The detailed metal window arch inserts are quite decorative for a jail. As evident in this photograph, serious structural damage is an immediate threat.

Old Dodge County Jail Eastman GA Golucke Stewart Pauly Jail Building Company Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

A hanging room with trap door and lever are still intact, but leaks and continued neglect will need to addressed soon to stabilize the structure. Hopefully, Dodge County will utilize the jail in the future for a cultural resource center or something of that nature. Since its inclusion on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 Places in Peril listing, little, if any, restoration has been done.

National Register of Historic Places

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Old Washington County Jail, 1891, Sandersville

Sandersville GA Old Washington County Jail Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This Victorian jail and sheriff’s home has been restored and is now home to the Old Jail Museum & Genealogy Research Center. It’s popular with paranormal researchers, who seek the ghost of Essie, who is said to inhabit the home portion of the structure.

Sandersville Commercial & Industrial District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old Jail, Twin City

Twin City GA Emanuel County Early 20th Century Warehouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Wesley Hendley for the identification. He notes that this was later used as the city hall.

Twin City Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Ben Hill County Jail, 1906, Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald GA Old Ben Hill County Jail Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

David McCrimmon wrote on 26 February 2011: My grandfather was Virgil Wells, and he was the sheriff of Ben Hill county in the 1930s and 40s. My mother and her sisters grew up living in this jail. They lived on the lower floors and the cells were on the upper floor. I grew up in Ben Hill County and moved away in the early 60s.

Below is an image of the “paddy wagon” or portable confinement vehicle which was purchased from Manly Steel Works by Ben Hill County in 1913 for housing the chain gang convicts who were working on the county roads.

Paddy Wagon Chain Gang Transport Vehicle Ben Hill County Jail Fitzgerald GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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