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Old Gaol

York, ME
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions in York
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: York is a nice stop if you're driving between Portsmouth and Portland.  This old jail is quaint and worth the visit.  It is part of a walking tour... more »
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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North Reading, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

if you are out to see the history of the town you should go see this.

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College Park, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

History and Fun merged in one. We had an interesting visit and the kids in thegroup who complained about "one more stop" thought it would be fun to return!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

The Old Gaol stands out among historic buildings as it is an unusual example of an important element of our colonial past. I imagine that many houses have survived from the period but Gaols found the way of the wrecking ball as they served little purpose as the country modernized. And yes, you could really be jailed for debt as... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

The Bread and Water was just OK. Actually, the bread was probably stale and the water a bit murky. Perhaps another spot for lunch next time.

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