Tour the Jail

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General Population Cell

When in Cornwall and the Seaway Valley, be sure to plan to tour the Historic Cornwall Jail. Tours are self-guided and visitors will receive a 12-page booklet that will help them explore each of the 22 major areas of the Jail.

 


Hours of Operation

  • May (Victoria Day Weekend)
    to September 6th (Labour Day Weekend)

    • Monday to Friday – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday – Noon to 4:00 pm
    • (last entry at 3:00 pm)
  • September to May
    • Monday to Friday
    • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • (last entry at 3:00 pm)
    • Address:

      11 Water Street West, Cornwall ON, K6J 1A1

      Hours of Operation:

      REGULAR TOURS WILL BEGIN AGAIN IN MAY

      Group bookings are available by request only. Please email jail@sdgcounties.ca for more details.

      Admission Price:

      Family (2 adults and 2 youth/2 children) $25.00
      Adults (18+) $10.00
      Youth (12-17)  $8.00
      Children (5-11)  $5.00
      Children under 5 are FREE!

      Jail is available to rent, contact: jail@sdgcounties.ca

      To book a tour call: 613-935-4891 or 1-844-814-JAIL

      Overview:

      The County Jail building was originally constructed in 1833 and remained operational over a period of 168 years until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry. Men, women, and children of all ages were incarcerated in the Jail for various types of offenses, including being in debt and committing murder. Over the years, five inmates were officially executed by hanging, behind the Jail walls for the crimes they had been found guilty of committing; the last execution took place in 1954.

      The County Jail is maintained in almost the same condition as it was upon its closure with historical artifacts and displays arranged around the building. This historical site is now considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario, as guided tours are available to the public. Visitors are able to tour through the cell blocks, exercise yard, governors’ residence, guards’ station and more, as part of this unique experience to see what life would have been like behind the walls of the County Jail.

      Jail Survey: 

      We want to hear from you! We are looking for feedback from recent visitors to the Jail and would like to invite anyone who has been for a tour to please complete the survey that you will find below.

      https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cornwalljail

Haunted… or not?
There are many who believe that spirits roam the hallways of the Cornwall Jail looking for an elusive “peaceful rest”. People who have worked in the building relate tales of strange occurrences that cannot be easily explained…. what will you experience?

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