In Which I sleep in the Tower Room of the Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence

Submitted by Hitty Gale

The Old Jail Bed and Breakfast Bedford Indiana
The Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence Bed and Breakfast Bedford Indiana ©Shirley E Childers

The Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence has seen its share not-so-willing guests but now that it is a bed and breakfast, the guests make reservations and look forward to their stay.

The former Lawrence County Jail was constructed in 1904 around an existing brick and stone building dating back to 1857-1859.  The building was designed by architect C.A. Krutsch in a Romanesque Style resembling castles in Southern France.  Local limestone was used.  David Y. Johnson was awarded the construction contract at a cost of  $31,448.

The residence fronts 17th Street while the jail entrance was on J Street.  The Stewart Jail Works Co of Cincinnati was contracted to provide the iron works.  Their logo can be seen on many of the cell doors.

The Lawrence County Jail moved to new quarters in 1990 and the old facility was sold to the first of a series of private owners.  The current owners purchased the property in 2005 and began their Bed and Breakfast venture in November 2014.

The historical information was provided by our hostess, Rowena, who is the President of the Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library.  You can read more about the property Here

To reserve your stay at the Sheriff’s Residence Bed and Breakfast Click Here

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