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.
National Register of Historic Places
I love seeing old pictures of Hinesville I remember as a little girl when I used to walk downtown Hinesville as a little girl
Brian — I love all these pictures you take. It’s an amazing body of work! So glad you are doing it!
I love this old jail. Reminds me of Virginia Tidewater architecture. Glad it was not torn down!