The "old" Hampshire county Jail is one of the oldest government buildings in
continuous use in the State of West Virginia. The jail dates back to the late
1700's, and was in continuous use throughout the Civil War.
In 2000, the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority opened the Potomac Highlands
Regional Jail in Augusta. The opening of this larger, modern facility brought an
end to the "Hampshire County Jail".
Pictured above is the front of the old county
jail. This brick structure housed the jailer
and his/her family during his tenure in that
position. The small white door on the side is
where the prisoners would enter the jail.
This building now houses the Sheriff's Office
Law Enforcement Division.
The stone structure was in the rear of
the jailer's quarters. This area housed
the prisoners during their stay.
This heavy steel door is the original door
to the jail, and the first thing that
welcomed the inmates to their new
An outsider's view of the "drunk tank". This cell
housed 4 inmates and was separated from the
general population area.
A view into one of the general population cells.
This cell housed 4 inmates. It's sliding doors
were operated by a "pulley" system located
outside of the cell area.
The control panel that operated the sliding
doors to the general population cells.
This walk through "vault" like door
connected the jail to the jailer's quarters.
This door would be secured to keep the
prisoners from gaining access to the
"The writing on the wall" - All throughout the jail you
can see scribbles and carvings left behind by the
many prisoners that have been housed here. The
picture above come from the wall of the original cell
that is tucked away behind a storage room.