In Which I sleep in the Tower Room of the Old Jail and Sheriff's Residence

The Old Jail and Sheriff's Residence has seen its share of willing and not-so-willing guests. My adopted humans and I were more than willing and have looked forward to our stay at the unique bed and breakfast since making our reservation with Rowena several weeks ago.

© Shirley E Childers

Our room was located on the second floor of the tower.  

The Tower Room of the Sheriff's Residence Bed and Breakfast Bedford Indiana
The Second Floor Landing

The Second Floor Landing
Our hostess prepared a delicious breakfast and invited me to come again

Our yummy breakfast

Me with Rowena, our hostess with the mostess!

The former Lawrence County Jail was constructed in 1904 around an existing brick and stone building dating back to 1857-1859.  The building was designed by architect C.A. Krutsch in a Romanesque Style resembling castles in Southern France.  Local limestone was used.  David Y. Johnson was awarded the construction contract at a cost of  $31,448.

The residence fronts 17th Street while the jail entrance was on J Street.

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The Stewart Jail Works Co of Cincinnati was contracted to provide the iron works.  Their logo can be seen on many of the cell doors.

The heat is the same hot-water radiator system that was installed in 1904.

The Lawrence County Jail moved to new quarters in 1990 and the old facility was sold to the first of a series of private owners.  The current owners purchased the property in 2005 and began their Bed and Breakfast venture in November 2014.

The historical information was provided by our hostess, Rowena, who is the President of the Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library.

The top of the tower

Me...feeling extra small

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1 comment:

Kylena Cross said...

Great write up! It's a beautiful place.

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