Old Hamilton County Jail Group Tour

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May 8, 2021

Investigate this haunted and historic location with Brooksville PIT. Built in 1893, this was home to many lawbreakers over the years, and as old buildings go, it comes with many legends, a lot of them spooky in nature.

 

According to county records, the two-story, fireproof brick, steel and concrete structure was Hamilton County’s only jail and was last utilized as a jail around the year 1984.

When the jail was in operation there were separate cell areas for white men, African Americans and women. It also had a separate cell for solitary confinement.

Records show there were babies brought into the world and men taken from the world in this building, and actual photographs of what is believed to be the last legal hanging East of the Mississippi are on display.

 

Historians claim that two African Americans and one Caucasian man were hanged from the tower and those hangings brought out throngs of local citizens to watch the primitive executions. There were also several alleged deaths inside the jail, including one woman who committed suicide and a man who was killed within the prison.

Bullard said he recalled hearing of three separate hangings at the jail. According to historians, either the last two or last three legal executions by hanging east of the Mississippi were held at this jail.

 

One notable hanging occurred in 1916. Sheriff’s Officer W. Raiford Royals, who died in the line of duty, was shot and killed by Walter Durham of Hahira, Ga. on the steps of a colored rooming house near the G.S. & F. Depot in Hamilton County on April 10, 1916. He left behind a wife and six children.
Durham was tried and found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death by hanging, which was carried out Sept. 8, 1916, by order of the governor of the state of Florida at that time, Park Trammell.

 

The Haunting

This location is haunted by multiple spirits of past inmates, and residents. We have captured many voices when asking questions. One investigator was touched and overwhelmed with the feeling of sadness. They seem to get ramped up asking about the Warden as well. So many secrets still reside in this old Jail, and it's up to us to bring them to light. Check out our evidence here www.brooksvillepit.com/old-hamilton-county-jail

The investigation

Join us to ghost hunt this historic location. Address is 4th street, Jasper FL, 32052. Tickets are very limited so don't delay. The investigation will begin at 9:00 pm and last till 2:00 am. Investigate side by side with us or go off and perform your very own investigation. We are allowing everyone who attends to use our very own professional paranormal investigating equipment. That's right! If you don't have equipment...we got you covered.

 

Rules

Yeah, yeah...their are a few rules from the Museum Association. Ages 18 and up only. No drugs or alcohol! You may bring your own equipment, but their is to be NO ritual like activities. No Ouija boards. You are allowed to bring drinks and snack but it must remain in the equipment room. Failure to abide by these simple rules will result in immediate dismissal of the property with no refund. Refunds can be issued if requested before the deadline. The deadline to cancel is three weeks prior to event, no refund will be given after the deadline.  

cost and payment

The cost of a single admission is $55.00.  We are the cheapest group investigation that any other team offers. Tickets are very limited, so when they are sold out that's it. Payments are accepted through PayPal and must be paid for in advance. You will receive an email from Paypal showing proof of payment. Tickets are no longer printed. Once we receive your payment we add you to our list. You will have your emailed receipt from Paypal as proof of purchase. Once you make payment to Paypal we will send you an email letting you know we received payment and added you to our list. Any questions email us at brooksvillepit@gmail.com or call 352-507-8362. Please leave a message if we don't answer and we will contact you as soon as we can. Refunds can be issued if requested before the deadline. The deadline to cancel is three weeks prior to event, no refund will be given after the deadline.  

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