Group working to restore historic jailhouse


Associated Press

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

EDMONTON, Ky. (AP) — A historical society in south-central Kentucky is working to restore an old building that once served as a jailhouse.

The Glasgow Daily Times ( reports the Metcalfe County Historical Society plans to return the building to the way it looked at the beginning of the 20th century. The structure was built in 1861 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in downtown Edmonton, just off the public square, but isn't being used.

"It's really an unusual building and it's just a shame to let it sit there," said Kay Harbison, president of the historical society.

The building was used as a jail until the 1980s, when it was closed.

The first phase of restoration is expected to cost about $43,000 and include replacing windows, iron bars and electrical wiring.

"Right now we are replacing the windows," said Harbison. "A lot of the windows have been blocked up or concreted up, so we are opening all the windows, putting wooden windows back in, keeping with the time period."

The second phase will include removing ductwork and modern plumbing, fixing a staircase and painting.

The organization continues to raise funds for the preservation effort, doing work on the building as their budget allows.

"We've still got a lot of money to raise," Harbison said. "We would be glad to take donations from anyone who may have Metcalfe County roots and would like to make a donation."

Historical society members say when the renovation is complete, they hope to have the building open part of the week.

Local officials are pleased with the efforts.

"Any time you can preserve some of your past history, I think it's good," said Edmonton Mayor Howard Garrett, whose great-grandfather was a jailer when the building was still be used. "It's always good to preserve our past."