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Currituck in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Currituck County Old Jail

 
 
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By Laura Troy, October 1, 2007
1. Currituck County Old Jail

Inscription.
Thursday the 31st December 1767
"On motion the following Bills were ordered to be read ... A Bill to impower the justices of Currituck County to build a prison pillary and stocks in the said county on the lot were the Court House stands for the use of the said county, in the Upper House read the third time and passed. Ordered to be engrossed."

The construction date of the "Old Currituck Jail" remains uncertain. Though there was mention of a jail as early as 1767 when the general assembly passed an act "to empower the Justices of Currituck to build a new prison pillary and stocks," there is no evidence that the present jail dates from this early period.

The jail, believed to have been constructed ca. 1820, is one of the oldest extant jails in North Carolina. The small, three-bay jacobean influenced brick jail is a sturdy two-story, rectangular building laid up in common bond with brick walls thirty-two inches thick. The pedimented gable roof has parapets and a corbelled brick cornice extending along the eaves. Stone lintels surmont the windows and doors.

Remodeling done in the early 1900's enlarged the windows and replaced the original wood door with the present iron one.
 
Location. 36° 26.99′ N, 76° 0.956′ 
Currituck County Old Jail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 22, 2008
2. Currituck County Old Jail and Marker
W. Marker is in Currituck, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (State Highway 1242) near Caratoke Highway (State Highway 168), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Currituck NC 27929, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Currituck County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Joseph Pilmoor (approx. ¼ mile away); Maple Leaf (approx. 2.6 miles away); Henry M. Shaw (approx. 5.3 miles away); Yeopim (approx. 6.3 miles away); McKnight’s Shipyard (approx. 6.4 miles away); Knotts Island (approx. 6.7 miles away); Indiantown (approx. 7.6 miles away).
 
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Old Currituck Jail image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, October 1, 2007
3. Old Currituck Jail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,296 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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