N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--August 1997
JDM Preserving and Sharing History
Oxford - Behind the courthouse is a small red building that once housed the countys jail. Thanks to the work of judicial district manager Royster Washington and other members of the Granville County Historical Society that building now houses the Granville County Museum.
found what appear to be original bars from the
countys first jail in the walls of this building as
we renovated it,"
Washington says as he enters the museum and points
to the bars on display.
In 1970, the county built a new jail and area womens clubs leased the old jail to display items related to the countys history. Three years ago, the historical society obtained the lease, renovated the building and opened it in June 1996 as the county museum.
Washington is past president of the society and has helped raise funds to purchase historic documents and objects. On display in the museum are some documents the society purchased including letters exchanged by a confederate army officer and a soldiers wife who asked that her husband be allowed to return home to help her through the final days of pregnancy.
The museum opened with an exhibit featuring the countys architecture. Heritage and Homesteads, a book on the countys architecture and history was published by the historical society and helped to raise funds for the society. The current display looks at the county during the civil war.
"We want to share our history with the people coming through Oxford, especially with Granville Countys young people," Washington said. The museum draws visitors from the interstate and students from area schools. Its open three days a week, Thursday through Saturday.
Washington clearly finds Oxford County, her people and her history exciting and hes willing to share that passion for local history with people who detour off I-85 into Oxford to stop by the museum.
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