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Old Lancaster County Jail

208 West Gay St.
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 289-1492

Designed by Robert Mills  who is best known as the designer of the Washington Monument, this facility was completed in 1823. The downstairs cells were meant to hold debtors, a practice that soon waned. In 1965 soldiers under command of General Sherman tried unsuccessfully to destroy the jail. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is the only known example of Mills' use of medieval design.