This 1887 restored jail is the home of the San Jacinto County Museum. The museum features items related to the early settlers and history of East Texas and San Jacinto County.
The Old Jail Museum is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and has an historical marker. In 1887, the north half of this Victorina public structure was finished adorned with beautiful handwork such as corbelled window arches and friezes around the top. The bricks were made with local clay in a kiln on the site.
The jail was enlarged and modernized in 1911, when the hang-man's device and new cells were installed. The downstairs area consists of the former receiving area/day room and jailer's quarters. It was customary for the jailer's wife to cook for the prisoners as well.
Across the street from the Old Jail is the site of the original courthouse square. The old wooden two-story courthouse burned in 1915. The new courthouse, which was relocated in the town, was rebuilt in 1918, and many businesses and homes were moved to be nearer the new courthouse square. The jail remained where it was and it continued to be used as a jail until 1980, when a new faciility in new town was dedicated.
The museum is operated by volunteer docents who conduct tours and share some of the stories of the people, events and historical artifacts of the museum.
After the tours, visitors can stop by the six historic buildings in Old Town including a post office, a school house, a train depot, a corn crib, photo studio and stop and check out the wares at the historic building housing Ms. Winnie's shop.
San Jacinto County and Old Jail Museum
Free Admission. Donations Accepted. The museum is funded from tour donations and Trades Days.
The Old Jail Museum is open for tours 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.
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