|The Huron Historic Gaol is a designated National Historic Site.
The Huron Historic Gaol is a unique and imposing octagonal building which served as the County Jail from its opening in 1841 until 1972 when all inmates were transferred to regional facilities.
The Gaol is now a National Historic Site. The building originally housed the County Courts and Council Chambers, as well as serving as Gaol and House of Refuge. The Gaol's architect was Thomas Young, and at the time of construction, was viewed as a model of humanitarian prison design.
Open May 1 to October 23, 2016. Admission Charged. Not wheelchair accessible.
Summer hours starting May 1 to September 4, 2016
Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday: 1 to 4:30 PM
Fall hours starting September 6 to October 23, 2016
Sunday to Friday: 1 to 4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone 519.524.6971 for recorded announcement of hours of operation and special events.
Highlights of the Huron Historic Gaol
View of the octagonal centre bloc from inside one of the exercise yards.
Construction on the Gaol began in 1839 on land donated by the Canada Company. Built in an octagonal shape, the central cell blocks are surrounded by exercise yards with walls that are two feet thick. Most of the building is constructed of stone quarried from the nearby Maitland River. The Gaol was designed by architect Thomas Young and was viewed as a model of humanitarian prison design.