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Old Gaol

Address: York, ME
Phone Number: 207-363-4974
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in York
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Owner description: America's first prison, built in 1719.
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Owner description: America's first prison, built in 1719.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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180 reviews 180 reviews
65 attraction reviews
237 helpful votes 237 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 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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USA
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117 reviews 117 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
66 helpful votes 66 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
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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
20 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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