HISTORIC TRIANGLE — On Saturday, March 20, we asked you through social media where the above picture was in the Historic Triangle. We had so many great guesses but now it is time to reveal the answer.
For those of you that answered the Public Gaol at Colonial Williamsburg, you were correct!
The reconstruction of the colonial-era jail (or “gaol”) represents the one that once held thieves, debtors, political prisoners, and many of those who were considered by polite Colonial Virginia society to belong to the colony’s underbelly. Some of the more famous prisoners include several of Blackbeard’s men who were captured after a fierce sea battle in the Ocracoke Inlet in North Carolina and many were hanged for their crimes. This was also where Grace Sherwood, The Witch of Pungo, was held for several years after being sentenced for witchcraft. Some of the gaol’s prisoners would wait out their sentence while others were marched to the gallows just steps away from the prison.
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