A small window is the only source of light or air for the two cells and the jailer’s area in the Museum’s fifty-ton slate jail. The Jail was built in 1890 in Castleton, Vermont, the heart of the state’s slate quarry district. Prisoners were kept secure behind the riveted iron door for more than fifty years before the Jail was moved intact to the Museum in 1953.

Today, the Jail is a favorite among visitors, who are welcome to enter (and exit) the cells.