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Interesting look at the past

The Old Goal is part of the Old York Historical Society buildings, and is open for self tour with... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2018
Exeter, New Hampshire
A national treasure

Construction of the stone dungeon began in 1719 and was subsequently extended at various times... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2016
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Jun 24, 2018
“Interesting look at the past”
May 23, 2017
“York's Gaol.”
America's first prison, built in 1719.
York, ME
+1 207-363-4974
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

The Old Goal is part of the Old York Historical Society buildings, and is open for self tour with the purchase of a day ticket. The Old Goal was started in 1719, and may be the oldest such building in the United States. It began...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank L9393NIrobertm
Reviewed May 23, 2017

This is a local curiosity, the original gaol/jail for the oldest town in Maine. It is a preserved 17th century gaol that is interesting historically and a vivid contrast with our times.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank thanth0n
Reviewed April 6, 2017

There is a pillar in front of the Old Gaol, which I assume people were put in for punishment. The site is well maintained and easily found.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank 949sharonl
Reviewed August 20, 2016

Construction of the stone dungeon began in 1719 and was subsequently extended at various times. Thanks to the foresight of residents, it was saved from demolition and opened as a museum in 1900. It is fascinating to see the cells, old courtroom and gaoler's parlour....More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank mouseHerts
Reviewed August 18, 2016

We toured the old Gaol following the Emerson Wilcox house and Jeff was our guide. He was full of interesting facts about the old gaol as well as York. It was a self-guided tour. It was amazing the difference in the bottom cells where criminals...More

Date of experience: June 2016
3  Thank deebug2470
Reviewed August 5, 2016

Pretty cool old building--supposed to have been the first jail in the area--but fascinating history and fun to visit. The dungeon is about 300 years old--not much in the US is that old so cool to visit.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank MaryKop
Reviewed September 3, 2015

Not knowing much about jails in general, I went in because the outside gallows intrigued me. I had read this was the first jail constructed in the U.S. at the request of the Crown. The $5 entrance fee was well spent for me since I...More

Date of experience: September 2015
4  Thank Janet8353
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.

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank scott a
Reviewed February 19, 2015

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

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank mollycat14
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...More

Date of experience: September 2014
6  Thank bainso
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