Madison, Florida: Madison County Jail Museum

Thrills too grim for southern Florida, but not for the South -- or maybe not. The old county jail in Madison had a dark history of executions, but the museum that occupies it focuses on treasured county history, not jail history.

Old Jail Museum

405 W. Pinckney St., Madison, FL
Treasures of Madison County - Old Jail Museum, Pinckney and Meeting St.
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Old Jail Museum

This is a great little museum, lots of local history. It was described here as "Thrills too grim for southern Florida, but not for the South." Not so! We were looking for the promised thrills, but there was nothing at the museum about the old jail except one lock and chain. When I inquired about the "Jail Museum" the attendant barely knew the building had once housed the jail. Please visit if you like local history, but not if your interest is jails.

[Linda Mc, 07/06/2014]

We're as disappointed as you that the museum inside the old jail downplays its history, which really was grim.

Jail of Horrors Now Open for Family Fun

For many decades, the small town of Madison, FL left a potential source of tourism dollars go to waste -- the old county jail on Pinckney Street. Now restored at a cost of $200,000, the 110-year-old calaboose has been reborn as a museum.... [02/21/1998] Complete News Story

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