Perry County Jail

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Perry County Jail
Perry County Jail in Pinckneyville.jpg
Front and eastern side
Perry County Jail is located in Illinois
Perry County Jail
Perry County Jail is located in the US
Perry County Jail
Location 108 W. Jackson St., Pinckneyville, Illinois
Coordinates 38°4′50″N 89°23′0″W / 38.08056°N 89.38333°W / 38.08056; -89.38333Coordinates: 38°4′50″N 89°23′0″W / 38.08056°N 89.38333°W / 38.08056; -89.38333
Area less than one acre
Architect Samuel Hannaford; E. Haugh
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP reference # 00000943[1]
Added to NRHP August 10, 2000

The Perry County Jail, also known as the Perry County Jail Museum, is a history museum and historic jail in Pinckneyville, Illinois. Built in 1871, the jail was the second county jail used by Perry County. The county's first jail was built in 1833-34 and was demolished to make room for the new jail. The brick jail was built by contractor E. Hough of Indianapolis for $14,150. The county sheriff's residence was attached to the jail, an arrangement which allowed the sheriff to oversee the jail at all times. The county used the jail until 1987, when a newer jail was built. The building housed county offices until 1993, when the Perry County Historical Society leased the building for a museum.[2][3]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 10, 2000. It is one of two properties in Perry County on the National Register, along with the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Ibendahl, Jean (March 27, 2000). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Perry County Jail" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "History". Pinckneyville, Illinois. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 

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