- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

HADDAM, Conn. (AP) - Town officials in Haddam are hoping to convert a long-shuttered county jail into a museum.

The granite stone jail first opened in 1845 and closed in 1969. The Hartford Courant (https://cour.at/1L5qy98 ) reports the facility housed an average of 40 inmates who enjoyed more freedoms than prisoners might in other institutions. They grew vegetables in a prison farm and played baseball on a field near a river.

First Selectwoman Melissa Schlag and a jail advisory committee are using a $300,000 state grant to start planning for the renovation of the jail for a museum and possibly other uses.

Schlag says the facility is the oldest county jail in the U.S. and is a local and national landmark.

She says the inside still looks much like it was left, with steel bars, metal tables and mattresses.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com


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