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Pruntytown in Taylor County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Taylor County Jail

 
 
First Taylor County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
1. First Taylor County Jail Marker
Inscription. This is the site of the first Taylor County Jail. After the formation of Taylor County on January 19th, 1844, Pruntytown was named the county seat. A room in the home of Abraham Williams was leased for $1 a month and used as the first jail in Taylor County. The jail was found to be inadequate and as a result Mr. Zedekiah Kidwell was awarded $1,954 to construct a new jail.

It was from that jail that the first slaves in the United States were freed by order of President Lincoln on November 22nd, 1862. This occurred weeks prior to President Lincolnís Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863.

The original structure burned in the spring in the spring of 1864 after being struck by lightning.
 
Location. 39° 19.999′ N, 80° 4.582′ W. Marker is in Pruntytown, West Virginia, in Taylor County. Marker is on Valley Falls Road (County Route 18) south of U.S. 50, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. It is on County Road 18 between US 50 and US 250. Marker is in this post office area: Grafton WV 26354, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pruntytown (a few steps from this marker); John Barton Payne (within shouting distance of this marker); Industrial School for Boys
First Taylor County Jail Site and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
2. First Taylor County Jail Site and Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown (approx. 2.2 miles away); Valley Falls (approx. 2.4 miles away); Old Catholic Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); Grafton (approx. 3 miles away); The First Campaign (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pruntytown.
 
Also see . . .  West Virginia “Firsts”. Scroll down to read about the jail. (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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