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Old York Maine Gaol: Haunted Jail

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(Photo credits: Diane Lyn Travel Gal)

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This National Historic Landmark in York, Maine, is one of the oldest Colonial buildings still standing in its original location. The Old Gaol was the first jailhouse in America as the King’s prison for Province. It has a haunted history. Read the story and see the pictures.

The earlier jail, original portion, was constructed using timbers, built-in 1656. It was used as a Colonial prison in York from 1719 to 1879. The stone cell portion (pictured) was constructed in 1719. After 1879 the jail or Gaol was used as a school, warehouse, and boarding house until 1900 when it opened as a colonial museum.

Haunted USA says The Old Gaol has a haunted past. An Indian woman, Patience Boston, spent time in the Old Gaol in 1719. She was hanged for murdering the son of a local minister. They say her spirit can be felt at the Old Gaol.

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