Public Gaol, View From Door With Gaoler
View of the gaoler from inside the door of the Public Gaol, 1935. In the foreground, a male costumed interpreter (representing the gaoler) stands outside the door of the gaol with a ring of keys on his arm. Nicholson Street is visible beyond the fence of the Gaol, and the clock tower and cupola of the Capitol building are observable in the distance. "The gaolkeepers, who often served as custodians of the Capitol, were appointed by the governor. Gaolers had a rough and dangerous job for which they were paid a modest salary."
(Source: Michael Olmert and Suzanne Coffman, Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg [Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2007], 74).