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York's Gaol.

This is a local curiosity, the original gaol/jail for the oldest town in Maine. It is a preserved... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
York, Maine
Interesting piece of history in the center of town

There is a pillar in front of the Old Gaol, which I assume people were put in for punishment. The... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Sharon L
Palo Alto, California
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America's first prison, built in 1719.
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a local curiosity, the original gaol/jail for the oldest town in Maine. It is a preserved 17th century gaol that is interesting historically and a vivid contrast with our times.

Thank thanth0n
Reviewed 7 April 2017

There is a pillar in front of the Old Gaol, which I assume people were put in for punishment. The site is well maintained and easily found.

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Construction of the stone dungeon began in 1719 and was subsequently extended at various times. Thanks to the foresight of residents, it was saved from demolition and opened as a museum in 1900. It is fascinating to see the cells, old courtroom and gaoler's parlour....More

Thank mouseHerts
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We toured the old Gaol following the Emerson Wilcox house and Jeff was our guide. He was full of interesting facts about the old gaol as well as York. It was a self-guided tour. It was amazing the difference in the bottom cells where criminals...More

2  Thank deebug2470
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Pretty cool old building--supposed to have been the first jail in the area--but fascinating history and fun to visit. The dungeon is about 300 years old--not much in the US is that old so cool to visit.

Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Not knowing much about jails in general, I went in because the outside gallows intrigued me. I had read this was the first jail constructed in the U.S. at the request of the Crown. The $5 entrance fee was well spent for me since I...More

3  Thank Janet8353
Reviewed 3 August 2015

what a great old building to explore, with other historic homes nearby. The jail is open to walk through and is located by historic homes and graveyard. There is a small fee but includes the other buildings to see.

1  Thank scott a
Reviewed 20 February 2015

Kids loved having their picture taken while they we "in the stocks". Good history lesson for elementary school kids.

Thank mollycat14
Reviewed 26 October 2014

The Old Gaol is a self-guided tour. There was a guide there who stayed outside while we toured. There are plaques that you have to read that give the history of the gaol. The jailer, his wife and children lived on the premises with the...More

5  Thank bainso
Reviewed 29 September 2014

I've been a interpreter for the Museums of Old York for many years. The Old Gaol is a wonderful place to begin your tour of the first origins of Maine. It is the oldest British public building in the U.S. and the "stone dungeon" dates...More

6  Thank beachgirlybm
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