WARDENSVILLE TOWN JAIL

To the right of 164 W Main St,

Wardensville, WV 26851

The Wardensville Town Jail was built shortly after the War of 1812 and served many purposes including as a blacksmith shop during the Civil War.  In the early 1930’s the town reinforced the walls and installed bars so the building could be used as a jail for local lawbreakers, most arrested for public drunkenness.  There was only one known jailbreak, but most of the “guests” did not need to breakout, since there is a large window opening in the front where family members and friends would bring bottles of liquor and food while awaiting release.

Wardensville Main Street Initiative

PO Box 517

Wardensville WV 26851

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