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Accomac in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Debtors Prison
 
Debtors Prison Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 20, 2008
1. Debtors Prison Marker
 
Inscription. Built in 1783 in one corner of the jailyard to serve as a residence for the jailer, the building served in this capacity for 41 years. Iron bard, oak batten doors and locks were added in 1842 when it was converted into a prison for debtors in Accomack County.
 
Erected 1971 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number WY 19.)
 
Location. 37° 43.25′ N, 75° 40.242′ W. Marker is in Accomac, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Courthouse Ave. (County Route 764) 0.1 miles north of Front Street (Alternate U.S. 13), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Accomac VA 23301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Accomac Historic District (about 500 feet away, in a direct line); Accomack County Virginia World War I (about 500 feet away); Accomack County Virginia World War II, Korea & Vietnam (about 500 feet away); Birthplace of Governor Wise (about 600 feet away); Makemie Statue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elijah Baker (approx. mile away); Mary Nottingham Smith High School (approx. half a mile away); Onancock (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Accomac.
 
Also see . . .
 
Debtors Prison Building Photo, Click for full size
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 20, 2008
2. Debtors Prison Building
 
 Debtor's Prison. (PDF) National Register nomination detailing the history of the prison. (Submitted on May 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Virginia Historic Landmark Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, April 20, 2008
3. Virginia Historic Landmark
 
 
Oak Door of Prison Photo, Click for full size
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 20, 2008
4. Oak Door of Prison
Note original hinges and lock.
 
 
Debtors Prison and Marker, along Courthouse Avenue Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2012
5. Debtors Prison and Marker, along Courthouse Avenue
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,131 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on October 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
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