This past week, I visited the Old Charleston City Jail with my classmate, Liz Mahoney. To say the least, it was a chilling experience. I had goosebumps the entire time. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before, but it sure was cool!
Learn more about the jail's spooky history here.
Since it was dark when I went, below is a picture I found online so you can clearly see the front view of the jail.
|Front View of the Old Charleston City Jail|
We arrived in the evening and the large, old building immediately caught my eye. It was creepy and looked like it had a spooky history.
Our tour guide's name was Sean. He was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the jail's vast history.
The room that stood out to me the most throughout the tour was the morgue. It creeped me out the most. It was dark and eerie, and while inside it I felt closed in and claustrophobic.
Also, the morgue was completely dark. I could barely see a thing. The tour guide mentioned that this was how it was for the prisoners. The prison guards provided no light in most of the rooms, which upset me. It's not healthy for a human to sit in the pitch black dark all day. I can't imagine what this must have been like.
Men, women, and children were kept in these cages. The tour guide mentioned that "the guards did not separate the men and women prisoners," which often led to trouble.
Another room that creeped me out was Death Row. They had confinements that looked like animal cages, which they kept the prisoners in who were punished to death.
Overall, my trip to the jail was creepy, but interesting. I would like to end this blog by saying how wonderful the tour guide was on my tour. He made the experience that much better!
You can purchase tickets to tour the Old Jail here! I highly encourage it! :)