Jail will remain open, despite tourism office departure

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SD and G Historical Society curator Ian Bowering gives a tour of the Cornwall Jail.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The doors still slam shut with a sharp clank, and the bars are just as solid.

The Cornwall Jail, which once housed the Cornwall and the Counties Tourism office, will remain open as a tourist attraction, though on a more limited basis for the foreseeable future.

The United Counties economic development office, with some help from the SD and G Historical Society, hosted a media event, open to all local journalists and counties officials, Monday to gain some perspective on the future of the jail.

"It's central to our history," said historical society curator Ian Bowering. "It's the best thing because it's in its original location.

"You can't get any better."

In recent years the jail had been open daily for visits, because it housed the tourism offices that officially moved into new digs in a small business park on Brookdale Avenue last month.

Bowering said the jail will be open weekends only until the end of September, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., though arrangements can be made for special tours outside of those times.

Ultimately the property, which is still owned by the United Counties, could become a museum, though nothing has been cast in stone to date.

Bowering said the history of the building resonates because until just a few years ago it was a functional detention centre.

"You can't get in without going through the holding cell," he said. "So you hear the clunk of the door.

"You get a feel for it right away."

Organizations: Historical Society

Geographic location: United Counties, Ontario, Brookdale Avenue

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  • chris coleman
    July 21, 2014 - 22:43

    well i never n in the jail but i wouldlove to take a tour