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Watauga Correctional Center
Watauga Correctional Center, near Boone, was a minimum security prison for adult males when it closed in December 1998 in preparation for the opening of the new Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution.
Watauga was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house inmates who worked building roads.
The prison's original dormitory is still in use. In the late 1970's, inmates under the supervision of correction engineers built a 28 single cell unit for housing inmates in administrative or disciplinary segregation.
Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may be assigned to Department of Transportation road crews or as maintenance or kitchen help at the prison.
Currently, 25 inmates are being transported daily to the Avery Mitchell Correctional Institution construction site where they work under the direction of DOC Engineers installing the fence around the new prison.
DIRECTIONS: Drive north on U.S. 421 from Boone for about two miles. The unit will be on the left.
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