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Old Dodge County Jail Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Old Dodge County Jail Listed on National Register of Historic Places

What began as a desire for historic preservation and restoration has ended in triumph for a Dodge County landmark: the Old Dodge County Jail has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1897, the Renaissance Revival style brick jailhouse remains remarkably intact, with beautiful architectural details, a hanging room with a working drop door and eyehook for the hangman’s noose, and original cell furnishings.

Sponsored by the Dodge County Board of Commissioners, who submitted the nomination following the Old Jail’s listing on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 Places in Peril, an application for listing on the Georgia Register of Historic Places was approved in January, 2011.

On May 22, 2013, Mark Williams, Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, and Dr. Dave Crass, Director, Historic Preservation Division, signed the proclamation listing the old Dodge County Jail in the National Register of Historic Places.

“It is gratifying to see one of Dodge County’s treasures recognized and celebrated. Our thanks to everyone who worked on the nomination, and especially to the Dodge County Commissioners for their support of the project,” said Judy Hemphill Madden, President, Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

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