“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fairfield in Freestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Old Freestone Jail

Old Freestone Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, July 4, 2015
1. Old Freestone Jail Marker
Inscription. Built 1857 to meet fortress-like specifications: interior walls are 18 inches thick, outer walls, 30 inches. Constructed of brick and oak timbers. Prison, upstairs, had floor of thick oak planks, with subfloor of iron.

Jailer lived on ground floor.

Folklore says the notorious gunman John Wesley Hardin once spent a night here.

This was used as a jail until 1913. It became a museum in 1967.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1967

Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9879.)
Location. 31° 43.586′ N, 96° 9.476′ W. Marker is in Fairfield, Texas, in Freestone County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Hall Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the wall to the right of he entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 E Main St, Fairfield TX 75840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butler Church Bell (a few steps from this marker); Val Verde Battery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain L.D. Bradley (about
Old Freestone Jail image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, July 4, 2015
2. Old Freestone Jail
700 feet away); Freestone County (about 700 feet away); The Fridolin (Fred) Fischer Home (about 800 feet away); The Manahan House (approx. ¼ mile away); Lewis Corner (approx. 7.8 miles away); Bonner Cemetery (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfield.
Also see . . .  The Freestone County Historical Museum. (Submitted on July 6, 2015.)
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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