1792 Midway Church In The Midway Historic District
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Located in Liberty County, Georgia, on Highway 17 between Savannah and Darien. It includes a traditional walled cemetery containing the graves of Revolutionary War patriots and many other historically significant figures

Dorchester Academy founded in 1869
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The school was established to educate local freed African-Americans after the American Civil War. The school closed in 1940, at which time most of its then-extant buildings were torn down, leaving only the 1935 boys' dormitory.

Liberty County Courthouse
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Built in 1926, it was designed by J. J. Baldwin in the Classical Revival style of architecture. On September 18, 1980, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Liberty County Jail (1892)

old jail 1939
 

While this building was not Liberty County's first jail, it served longer than any previous jail. When in was built in 1892 the jail had "all the modern improvements and conveniences of a first class prison." Eighty years later it was condemned by Georgia Governor Lester Maddox as "a rotten, filthy rathole."
 

Although there is not record of its construction or its architect, it is known that the contractor, a Mr. Parkhill, had completed the two-story, three-bay brick structure by October 1892.
 

The interior of the jail is divided by a brick wall into two sections housing a bull-pen (or drunk tank) and two cells downstairs and two cells and the upper part of the bull-pen upstairs.
 

A new county jail was opened in 1969 and the Old Jail was sold at auction on March 3, 1970 to the Liberty County Historical Society, which eventually donated the building to the City of Hinesville. The Old Jail is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

 


From the Liberty County Historical Marker. Erected 1998 by The Liberty County Historical Society. Location. 31° 50.736′ N, 81° 35.794′ W. Marker is in Hinesville, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker is on South Main Street (Loop Georgia Route 138) south of Bagley Avenue, on the right when traveling  North on Main Street. north.  Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 South Main Street, Hinesville GA 31313, United States of America.

 

 

A front-page story in the Hinesville Gazette for October 19, 1882 [1892], was about the completion of the Liberty County Jail in Hinesville. It said the new jail had cell walls made of cross bars of tempered and soft steel "which cannot be sawed or broken."

 

The article further stated, "The doors of the male cells are closed with bars of steel worked by a lever outside the cells, enclosed in a box of iron. When the bolts are closed, the lever handle is locked with a heavy padlock inside of a lock-box, and the door to the box is closed with a key and then a combination lock."

 

The article said that there were two cells for female pri­soners measuring seven by ten feet designed for three oc­cupants each. There was an iron cot and two swinging ham­mocks in each cell, along with a water tank and closet. The male cells were to hold four prisoners, each with a water basin and "other fixtures for cleanliness" located in an ad­joining corridor. The male cells had "swinging cots" which were taken down when not in use. A ventilating system was in place "for the escapement of foul air."

 

There were fireplaces in the cells and the jailor's office. The windows were enclosed within a heavy iron grating from the outside, with a layer of wire netting inside the glass. The outside walls were 17 inches thick, and the floor was three feet of cement.

 

Even with all of these latest security measures, there were prisoners who managed to escape from the jail without too much trouble. One local man escaped from the jail five times. 

 


From "Sweet Land of Liberty, A History of Liberty County, Georgia" by Robert Long Groover; Page(s) 59; Used by the permission of the Liberty County Commissioners Office  

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