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Old Tazewell County Jail

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1832. 116 N. Central Ave.

One of the town's earliest surviving buildings, this two-story brick Greek Revival former jail has a classical entablature, some remaining wooden lintels with roundels in the corner-blocks over its openings, and a low hipped roof. The front rooms of the central-passage building housed the jailor and his family. In the back section, separated from the front rooms by a lateral passage, three cells on each floor quartered the prisoners. A later one-story hipped-roof porch spans the facade.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Old Tazewell County Jail", [Tazewell, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 487-487.

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