A North Carolina county is restoring a two-story brick jail to remember the antebellum past along the state's coast.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported that workers last week finished detaching the old Currituck County jail from the historic county courthouse near the town's ferry docks.
A study estimates renovation costs at about $500,000 depending on the work done and whether the jail is restored to its original 1857 design.
Historical architects from Colonial Williamsburg say the jail replaced a wooden lockup that had holes large enough for the prisoners to escape through. The new brick jail was built with walls 3 feet thick and had small barred windows in each of the four rooms so that inmates would get fresh air.
Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.