Friends of the Jail



Jail #5 was the fifth jail built in Albemarle County, the other earlier jails no longer stand. The stone jail house was built in 1876 out of the stones from a previous jail that once stood on court house square. A brick section was added later sometime after 1896 in order to provide room for more prisoners. The jail housed inmates until the 1970s.

After years of neglect Jail #5 was listed as one of Preservation Virginia's Most Endangered Sites in 2010. Today we hope to restore this powerful site of Charlottesville history into a museum space.

Explore the history of Jail #5 through the links below. Keep checking our site for history updates, research is always underway!

If you have any information about the jail please contact Steven G. Meeks (president@albemarlehistory.org).

Jail History Links

Newsplex: Historical Society Offering Tours of Old County Jail

Jail History Exhibit from Preservation Week (2010)

Cville.com: Albemarle County lands two sites on Preservation Virginia "Most Endangered" list

Newsplex.com: Two Local Sites on List of Virginia Endangered Properties

The Washington Post: Preservation Virginia releases annual list

Jail History and Proposal (1977)

Jails of Virginia (1929)