The Coast / Hinesville

Old Liberty County Jail

302 S. Main St.
Hinesville, GA 31313

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While this building was not Liberty County's first jail, it served longer than any previous jail. When it was built in 1892 the jail had "all the modern improvements and conveniences of a first class prison." Eighty years later it was condemned by Georgia Governor Lester Maddox as "a rotten, filthy rathole."

Although there is no record of its construction or its architect, it is known that the contractor, a Mr. Parkhill, had completed the two-story, three-bay brick structure by October 1892.

The interior of the jail is divided by a brisk wall into two sections housing (or drunk tank) and two cells downstairs and two cells and the upper part of the bull-pen upstairs.

A new county jail was opened in 1969 and the Old Jail was sold at auction on March 3, 1970 to the Liberty County Historical Society, which eventually donated the building to the City of Hinesville. The Old Jail is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Erected 1998 by the Liberty County Historical Society"

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Tours Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission

    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night

    Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night

    10/27/2017 - 10/27/2017

    Join the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority as they present their annual Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night! Tricks and treats start at 5 p.m. Kids can visit the beggar candy stations, activity stations, go on a hay ride or take a haunted tour through the Historic Liberty County Jail. Downtown restaurants will be available. There will be a costume contest and a Thriller Performance during the night. Bring the family and enjoy a night of treats, tricks and spooky Halloween fun! For more... read more