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Old Stone Jail opens for the season


July 2, 2014

HONESDALE, PA — The Old Stone Jail is now open on the first Saturday of the month from June through October. It will be open on Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free tour.
The Stone Jail was built in 1858 at a cost of $16,000 by John Kelly of Kelly and McAndrews. The stone exterior and narrow windows are typical of the era. The jail was heated only by a pot-bellied stove and meals were brought in by the sheriff’s wife. Two cells near the entrance were assigned to trustees and were separated from the rest by an iron grate. Cells were small, damp and in winter, bitterly cold. Although the jail looked secure, it was not. In the years following construction, prisoners found their way out through the roof, by digging through the floor, and with some outside help escaped through doors and windows.

The Wayne County Historical Society extends a special invitation to anyone who is part of the U.S. military past or present. Stop in and share your story with the docents and each other. They appreciate your service and would like to hear your stories.
The jail is located on 10th Street behind the Wayne County Courthouse. The tours are free and open to the public. The only way you’ll be locked in is if you try to stay after 1 p.m.
For more information, contact the Wayne County Historical Society by calling 570/253-3240, emailing wchs@ptd.net or on Facebook.