August 4, 2016
Before and after pictures of the interior of the Perkinstown jail. Please make sure to stop in during the Taylor County Fair and check out this unique old building. Open Friday, August 5, & Saturday, August 6 from Noon until 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday,
August 7, from Noon until 4:00 p.m.
Originally located in Perkinstown, the jail was built circa 1895. It was donated by the Town of Grover to the museum in the fall of 2015, and moved to the pioneer village on the Taylor county fairgrounds
in May 2016.
In the 1890s, Perkinstown was a booming town. The large number of lumberjacks and the crew from the Shaw tannery more than likely kept the six saloons located in Perkinstown during that time period busy. In an article published in The Star News, Thursday, February 21, 1980, the then town chairman Lester Schwartz was quoted as saying “We didn’t have too many hard core criminals around here, so the jail was used primarily for drunks and rowdies.”