Creator(s): Science East - The York County Gaol
It once housed a Columbian drug dealer and a notorious serial killer. It was the site of a double hanging in 1949. But after 154 years, as a storied penal institution located in downtown Fredericton, the York County Jail was finally closed as a prison in 1996. This virtual tour of the massive old granite stronghold reveals a fascinating but neglected part of the social history of Fredericton and the surrounding area as it tells the stories of some of the inmates imprisoned there. It describes the brutal living conditions, such as the dungeon that prisoners endured in the early years. As one-time guards and inmates recall more recent history, you'll hear from those who were present at the double hanging and other very human tales of misery and crime.