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Rotary Jail Museum
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NameRotary Jail Museum
Address225 N Washington Street
Brief DescriptionThe only known working jail with a circular cell block
DescriptionThe museum is composed of the sheriff's residence and the historic rotary jail. Tours include the residence, the three story jail, the underside of the cell block where the turn table is visible, and exhibits in the residence and jail. The levels are connected by staircases. We regret that we do not have elevators in this 1882 building. There is a wheelchair ramp into the first floor of the museum at our rear entrance.

Because the building served as a county jail for 91 years, there were many traumatic events here. The Rotary Jail was the site of two legal executions in Montgomery County that took place on gallows located behind the building. John W.C. Coffee was convicted of murdering James P. McMullen and his wife Mary, and was hanged in 1885. John Henning was the last person to be executed at the site. He was convicted of murdering his ex-fiance, Lotta Volmer, and was hanged in 1886. The execution of John Coffee was particularly gruesome and was reported in the New York Times.

Groups of paranormal investigators regularly come to the Rotary Jail Museum. WE have information available on our website if you are interested in bringing your group here. Investigators typically come from 8:00 pm until 2:00 am but extended hours are available.
Phone 1(765) 362-5222
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Time Allowance1 hour
Last Updated12/3/2015
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