When it was determined that the 1914 Northampton County Jail could not be saved, the Northampton Historic Preservation Society looked for ways to retain its history. They produced a video providing a view of how prisoners were held in a “state of the art” jail built in 1914 and the many other jails that existed for more than 300 years on the Court Green in Eastville.
On Sunday, July 28th at 2:00 PM the Northampton Historic Preservation Society will premier the video, “The Last Jail on the Northampton Court Green,” at the Cape Charles Palace Theatre. Before the premiere, Architectural Historian Dr. Carl Lounsbury will provide insights about Virginia’s history of dealing with prisoners and he will answer audience questions afterward.
The film covers: a history of Northampton jails and punishment; a booming economy that influenced early 20th century changes in Northampton and the construction of the 1914 Jail; and how the 1914 Jail functioned for close to a century.
This event is free and open to the public. It was made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.