PHOTO OF THE DAY: History of the Perry Hall Jail

Take a closer look at life in Perry Hall.

The book, "Perry Hall, Reflections from the Past," published in 1979, features this photo of a jail on the estate on Perry Hall Road. It was constructed in 1775 and demolished in 1913, the caption states.

What is the jail's significance?

According to the book, "The Heart of Asbury's Journal," published in 1904, "Tradition says that the prayer of the slave who led [Harry Dorsey] to Christ was offered in this building."

Gough, , was an active supporter of the early movement and partial supporter of the abolitionist movement. 

But County Councilman David Marks' book, tells a slightly different account of Gough's conversion. In that account, Gough was swayed over to Methodism after attending a meeting and hearing songs and prayers come from a slave cabin—not the jail.

Do you know anything about the jail? Is it important to the community's history?

Share your photos by adding them to the photo gallery or emailing them to editor Emily Kimball, along with a description, at emilyk@patch.com.


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