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Crime & Punishment Museum

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Address: 241 E College Ave, Ashburn, GA 31714-5201
Phone Number: +1 229-567-9696
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Step back in history and learn all about the history of Crime and...

Step back in history and learn all about the history of Crime and Punishment around the turn of the century in the Deep South. Get locked up, see the ol' hanging noose and check out Old Sparky, a replica of the first electric chair. Hang around, if you dare! Discounts for seniors, children and groups are available. --Museum is run by volunteer staff only and tours are given by appointment--

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Interesting History

If you are near Ashburn, Georgia, it's worth a visit to this historic place. Reminds me of the movie Paul Newman's "Cool Hand Luke" period. Lots of history in this place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 April 2015
Yori O
The Villages, Florida
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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Our tour guide, Ashley, was fantastic!! We had so much fun listening to her local stories and learning more about Ashburn. Do not miss this interesting museum and piece of Georgia history-it was a great visit!

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Arabi, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We took a night tour throughout the jail with Ghost Chasers , it was a great lesson about the place. This place is most definitely haunted! No doubt in my mind at all!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

We have passed by Ashburn many time on our travels on Inter. 75 and finally decided to make a trip to the museum. It was fantastic! The people at the Champer of Commerce was extremely friendly and helpful. They gave us the tour and even recommended a place for lunch. The tour was authentic and packed full of interesting sites... More 

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Ashley M, Manager at Crime & Punishment Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you had a good time. It was wonderful to have met you and please stop by anytime you are headed our way. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

Before I begin my review of the Crime and Punishment museum I'd like to start off by saying that the Chamber of Commerce in Ashburn, Georgia are the most helpful people I have ever met. Stevi Thompson, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Ben Baker, the museum curator have always been very helpful and accommodating when I first started... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

We'd passed the billboard several times, and decided to plan our travel to allow for a stop at this museum. Online (somewhere) I'd seen hours listed from 10 am. We were disappointed to learn that it is now open "by appointment only". In fact, after looking again, their website does say that tours are by appointment...but, understand that it's OPEN... More 

Thank TLDL1965
Ashley M, Manager at Crime & Punishment Museum, responded to this review

We are so sorry we missed you! Like you said, we are only able to open the museum by appointment, but please don't let that discourage you! We at the Chamber of Commerce (directly across the street) are always willing to make arrangements with Historical Preservation volunteers or to simply walk over and give you a tour ourselves. We would... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

I spoke to the Chamber of Commerce on two separate occasions and was assured we would have a tour guide. We left Florida a day early on our trip so we would have time to stop here before moving on, and we got stood up. No guide. No tour. And the added cost of an extra night in a hotel.... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

In a quaint town, next to their courthouse, which is being immaculately refurbished by prisoners with a trade, this was a great stop for us. Our guide, Wayne, knew tons about Ashburn and the prison. It was highly informative. There probably wasn't a high rate of recidivism in this prison.

Thank DTR35
The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

If you are near Ashburn, Georgia, it's worth a visit to this historic place. Reminds me of the movie Paul Newman's "Cool Hand Luke" period. Lots of history in this place. Apparently there is a long standing tradition of death row inmates requesting their last meal with a lavish dessert. So at the "Last Meal Cafe", you can get Southern... More 

1 Thank Yori O
Ashburn, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015

This is a century plus old jail. Check in at the chamber of commerce across the street to get a tour guide to explain how this jail was used from 1906 until 1992. You will get to see the where criminals were hung and hear the stories. Guess what the sheriff and his family lived below the jail.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

On a road trip I saw a billboard for this and thought "why not?" I am a big crime buff so I thought it would be a fun hour break. The guide was a very friendly and informative gentleman, he grew up right there in Ashburn and knew all of the town "dirt"! His stories of all of the past... More 

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