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.