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Address: , York, ME
Phone Number: 207-363-4974
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Description: America's first prison, built in 1719.

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Oldest jail in Maine

what a great old building to explore, with other historic homes nearby. The jail is open to walk through and is located by historic homes and graveyard. There is a small fee but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

what a great old building to explore, with other historic homes nearby. The jail is open to walk through and is located by historic homes and graveyard. There is a small fee but includes the other buildings to see.

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York, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Kids loved having their picture taken while they we "in the stocks". Good history lesson for elementary school kids.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Old Gaol is a self-guided tour. There was a guide there who stayed outside while we toured. There are plaques that you have to read that give the history of the gaol. The jailer, his wife and children lived on the premises with the prisoners. See how the wealthy prisoners were able to bring their bed and furnishings to... More 

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York, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've been a interpreter for the Museums of Old York for many years. The Old Gaol is a wonderful place to begin your tour of the first origins of Maine. It is the oldest British public building in the U.S. and the "stone dungeon" dates from 1719. Come see how peoples of the past were punished and compare it to... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A very old gaol with a lot of authentic articles in the rooms. Can be disconcerting if you're sensitive to feelings of those who have gone before you and were in unpleasant circumstances.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Very cool look into the 17th and18th century....as with all the York Museums, great guides both friendly and knowledgeable.

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USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

A different concept of "Jailing" than we know today. Most interesting. Self guided aso no one to ask questions of.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Great little museum capturing the life of the prisoners and jailers in colonial York Maine. What's amazing is how the jailer and his wife and their four kids lived side by side with the prisoners they kept. See the original jail cells, graffiti from prisoners, period furnishing. Cool place to visit.

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Newbury, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Usually historic places are a bit too stark with modern lighting and the feeling you are in a museum looking through glass, but here you get the feeling that you stepped back in time into the real deal. Great experience. Wonderful history. Lots of interesting facts and I enjoyed every minute. Then go to the Fat Tomato Grill for lunch.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

This definitely was worth the tour....guide was so informative. Sure glad I wasn't a trouble-maker back in the 1700's ~ that jail sure didn't look too inviting!

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