|Listed under Goderich
Huron Historic Gaol
Telephone: (519) 524-6971
Alternate Telephone: (519) 524-2686
181 Victoria St N
Goderich, Ontario, Canada
Museums & Attractions
is a unique and imposing octagonal building which served as the County Jail from its first prisoner in 1841 until 1972 when all inmates were transferred to regional facilities. The Gaol is a designated 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.
The Governor’s House was built in 1901 in the area of one of the courtyards, and illustrates the important status of this position within a rural Ontario community in the early part of this century. Visitors find this site a special place to explore and truly a step back in time.
181 Victoria St., N., (Hwy. #21), Goderich, Ontario, 519-524-2686, [www.huroncounty.ca/museum]. Open May 1 to October 23, 2016. Please visit our website or phone 519-524-6971 or 519-524-2686 for hours of operation and special events. Admission charged. Not wheelchair accessible.
Driving Directions: GPS Coordinates courtesy of Huron County Geographic Information Services (GIS)