Southport in Brunswick County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This “new” facility replaced a two-story wooden building described as “old and dilapidated.” The building served as the county’s jail facilities from its construction until 1971 when an annex was completed. The annex is located directly behind the Old Jail. Both buildings fell into disuse when the county seat was moved from Southport to Bolivia in 1978.
When built, the first floor provided
Perhaps its most famous “criminal” was Sissy Spacek, who was jailed during scenes from the movie Crimes of the Heart, which was filmed in the building in the summer of 1986. Beginning in 1998, the historical society began restoring the jail in order to open it to the public. Currently the Old Jail houses a small museum and serves as the headquarters for the Southport Historical Society. The “annex” is the home for the Southport Friends of the Library.
Walk back in time by taking a stroll through the building. Visitors today can see the cells and read the graffiti left on the walls by prisoners from by-gone years.
Location. 33° 55.233′ N, 78° 0.967′ W. Marker is in Southport, North Carolina, in Brunswick County. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad & Religion on Rhett Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithville Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southport’s First Fire Alarm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Johnston (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Johnston (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Johnston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Josiah Martin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southport.
More about this marker. Marker has floor plans of the building on the left and a Ledger Reports of Incarceration on the right.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,635 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.