- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 29, 2008

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) | A 19th century jail in Somerset County is now home to the other side of the law.

The 131-year-old stone jail known as the “Gray Eagle” has been renovated for the Princess Anne Police Department. Where miscreants once were locked up, police officers will enjoy new offices, a gym and a sauna.

Police Chief Scott Keller says the historic jail sat empty after a new county jail opened in 1987. It took two decades for town officials to decide what to do with the building. Officers worked out of a 1930s addition to the “Gray Eagle” while the old jail was gutted to the walls and renovated for a modern police force.

But the building, which was dedicated Friday, still has a 19th-century feel. The restoration leaves interior doors and walls intact, and modern additions such as storage cabinets and office furniture are made of wood, not more modern materials.

“We really tried to keep it as close to the original as we could,” Chief Keller told the (Salisbury) Daily Times.

The remodeling also turned up old fireplaces and windows that had been covered and were restored. Offices are located on the first floor, while the former cells on the second floor have been turned into two more offices, showers, a gym, sauna and kitchen.

“I’m tickled pink,” Chief Keller said of the work that’s been done. “They got themselves a million-dollar building.”

Funding sources for the renovation included grants from the Maryland Historical Trust and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program, which supplemented local funding for the effort.

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