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Lancaster County Jail

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1848–1850, John Haviland. 625 E. King St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Lancaster County Jail (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Lancaster County Jail (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Lancaster County Jail (© George E. Thomas)

The contrast between the surrounding row houses and the battlemented orange-hued Cocalico stone towers of John Haviland's jail is almost as stark as the Fulton Steamboat Inn's riverboat (LA3) across from Dutch Wonderland (LA4). Haviland became the jailer to the world, with his plans imitated as far away as Rome. Like Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary (PH126), this originally stood far removed from other buildings. Still, there is something of a movie set about it that needs only knights on horseback to complete the scene.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Lancaster County Jail", [Lancaster, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 314-314.

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