Caldwell County Jail Museum
The Caldwell Country Museum building located at 315 E. Market Street was originally built to serve as the fourth jail for Caldwell County in 1908-09. The building represents a rare example of the Norman castellated style of architecture, a popular architectural from for jails of the period and is on the site of the county's first log jail (1855-1858). This five-story red brick structure contains nine main cells, each divided into smaller compartments on the upper three floors. A basement was used for storage and/or solitary confinement and the ground floor was the residence for the County Sheriff.
The jail was use until 1983 and then in 1986 the Caldwell County Historical Commission was given the building for use as a museum. Visitors are encouraged to visit the cells on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. When you visit you will find low ceilings, shared toilets and sinks, and no air condition. Residents and relatives of residents of Caldwell County have donated many of the artifacts that represent the county’s history for the museum located on the first floor.
The Caldwell County Museum is operated by the Caldwell County Historical Commission. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm or by appointment for Tour
Groups. Admission is $2 for Adults and $1 for Children. They can be contacted
at 512-398-5796 or at: www.caldwellcountyhistoricalcommission.org.