Olde Jail Museum to hold Reopening Celebration

The Rockdale County Historical Society has announced the reopening of the Olde Jail Museum. The public is invited to share this event on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will take place in the Rockdale County Courthouse Square, Milstead Avenue, in Conyers. Opening remarks are scheduled for 10 a.m. with tours of the museum offered throughout the day.

The museum, housed in the historic 1897 Rockdale County Jail building, has undergone a complete renovation. The roof was replaced, lead paint and asbestos removed, floors refinished, and plaster repaired. The entire collection was professionally inventoried, cleaned, and made ready for new displays. The display areas are downstairs in the Sheriff's former living quarters. Upstairs, visitors can see the original cell block where prisoners were housed and the "hanging hole" where one execution did take place in 1905.

Dec. 1 events include remarks by Charlotte Jones, President of the Rockdale County Historical Society; local officials, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours throughout the day and informative talks titled "Tales from the Jail." The historical society is inviting members of the former sheriffs' families, who actually lived at the jail to come and share their memories with the public.

The public is also invited to share their part of the history of Rockdale County by participating in a "Get out of Jail Free" program. "Get out of Jail Free" cards will be available. This card requests that individuals bring a photo of life in Conyers - families, school groups, landmarks, Sunday School Classes, business, etc. - to the Olde Jail Museum on Dec. 1 with a description of the photo (identifying the place, people, and or event) on the back of the card. The photo will be scanned and returned to the owner. All photos must be identified and become part of the records of the Rockdale County Historical Society. Everyone is part of the history of Rockdale County, and every story is important.

The Olde Jail was restored by The Rockdale County Historical Society in 1976. This latest renovation is another step in keeping with the society's purpose "to preserve and protect" the history of Rockdale County.