Public Gaol, Williamsburg, Virginia

Title

Public Gaol, Williamsburg, Virginia

Subject

Public Gaol (Williamsburg, Va.)
Postcards - Virginia - Williamsburg
Block 27. Building 02.
Public buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg
Historic buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg

Description

Recto and verso of postcard featuring a view of the stocks and pillory when they were located outside the Public Gaol. A costumed interpreter portraying a jailor poses beside the pillory, a popular photo opportunity for early tourists to Colonial Williamsburg, Now re-located to Market Square, the replicas of 18th-century methods of punishment remain a favorite camera subject.

The card's caption reads: "Described by a contemporary as a 'strong sweet Prison,' the solid walls of this gaol guarded debtors and prisoners alike in colonial days. Lesser offenders were punished in the pillory."

Creator

Colonial Williamsburg, Inc.

Is Part Of

Postcard Collection

Format

jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

AVPC-032-R
AVPC-032-V

Rights Holder

Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Original Format

Postcard

Physical Dimensions

3.5 x 5.5 inches

Files

AVPC-032-R.jpg
AVPC-032-V.jpg

Citation

Colonial Williamsburg, Inc., “Public Gaol, Williamsburg, Virginia,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed June 16, 2019, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/703.