Old Hampshire County Jail

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Built in the late 1700s, the old jail has a legend attached. It seems that in the late 1800s a sheriff was shot to death by a gang of bandits on the staircase leading between the jail and the attached brick building, which was the jailer’s family home. He was shot at the top of the stairs, and, just like what often happens in the movies, he then fell down to the bottom. Witnesses say the sound of the sheriff’s body falling down the stairs can be heard in the night.

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Geographic Information

Address:
66. N High St
Romney, WV
United States

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GPS:
39.34273027745829, -78.7557232529116
County:
Hampshire County, West Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Romney, WV (0.1 mi.)
Springfield, WV (8.2 mi.)
Burlington, WV (8.7 mi.)
Fort Ashby, WV (11.1 mi.)
Keyser, WV (13.5 mi.)
McCoole, MD (13.6 mi.)
Dawson, MD (13.7 mi.)
Danville, MD (14.5 mi.)
Rawlings, MD (14.9 mi.)
Green Spring, WV (15.0 mi.)

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