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I have not stayed here. It looks like it would be in the center of activity in Bardstown - right next to the Visitor's Center. This is not just a place to stay, but also a Thing To Do because the town website says:
Sun.-Fri., 2-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Includes a tour of the original 1819 jail. All furnished with antiques and heirlooms. A chilling look at conditions in this jail that was in operation until 1987.
The Inn website says:
Iron bars on windows, 30 inch thick stone walls, and a heavy steel door slamming behind you may not sound like the typical tourist accommodation and Jailer’s Inn is anything but typical. ..
Each of our six guest rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and heirlooms, all located in the renovated front jail. The back jail, built in 1874, is basically unchanged; you get a chilling and sobering look at what conditions were like in the old Nelson County jail that was in full operation as recently as 1987.
On spring and summer mornings, as you sip hot coffee and chat with other guests over a full breakfast in the courtyard, it’s difficult to imagine all of the previous uses of the courtyard—as a work yard for prisoners crushing limestone, a place to visit forlorn relatives, or even the centralized location of the Nelson County gallows.
Unique Quality: The Old Nelson County Jail property, housed prisoners from 1797 till 1987. The front building, sometimes referred to as the "Old Jail" was constructed in 1819. Records indicated that John Rogers architect of St. Joseph Cathedral, performed certain carpentry on this structure. The upper floor of this native limestone building, with 30 inch thick walls, contained two cells and an "upstairs dungeon" to house prisoners.
The back stone building, sometimes referred to as the "New Jail," was built in 1874 and is completely surrounded by a stone wall. The front jail was then; made into the jailer’s residence. Both the jail and jailer’s residence were used and occupied until 1987. It was the oldest operating jail complex in the state of Kentucky and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Victorian Room (1 double bed)
Colonial Room (1 Queen-size bed) $135.00 (Jacuzzi)
Library Room (King-size bed) $115.00
Garden Room (2 double beds) $115.00
1819 Room (1Queen-size bed) $135.00 (Jacuzzi)
Jail Cell (2 bunk beds & waterbed) $80.00
* ALL BEDROOMS HAVE PRIVATE BATHS & TV
AND INCLUDES A FULL BREAKFAST
Directions: 111 West Stephen Foster Avenue, (HWY 150/62), 1/2 block from the Court Square.
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