Pruntytown in Taylor County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
First Taylor County 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 Lincoln’s 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. It is on County Road 18 between US 50 and US 250. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grafton WV 26354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 John Barton Payne (within shouting distance of this marker); Industrial School for Boys (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pruntytown.
Also see . . . West Virginia “Firsts”. Scroll down to read about the jail. (Submitted on July 3, 2014.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.