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Williamsburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Public Gaol

 
 
The Public Gaol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, March 2, 2014
1. The Public Gaol Marker
Inscription. This was Virginia's chief prison which housed debtors and criminals and served as the jail for the General Court in the nearby Capitol. Here Blackbeard's pirates, captured in 1718, were confined until the day of their hanging. Leg irons, an exercise yard, food slots, and criminal cells with primitive sanitation have been restored to their early appearance.
 
Erected by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
 
Location. 37° 16.35′ N, 76° 41.6′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from East Nicholson Street west of North Waller Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Secretary's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Capitol (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Capitol (about 400 feet away); Charlton's Coffeehouse (about 400 feet away); Pasteur & Galt Apothecary Shop (about 600 feet away); Presbyterian Meetinghouse (about 600 feet away); The Raleigh Tavern (about 700 feet away); Wetherburn's Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
The Public Gaol image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, March 2, 2014
2. The Public Gaol
The Public Gaol image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, March 2, 2014
3. The Public Gaol
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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