WRGC News | Area Residents Confront Baldwin Commissioners About Prison Demolition

Remains of the Old State Prison on Georgia Highway 22
Remains of the Old State Prison on Georgia Highway 22

Baldwin County Commissioners and area residents traded criticisms during open comments at the end of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday.

 

The meeting was residents’ first opportunity to address the demolition of the Old State Prison with commissioners.

 

The National Register of Historic Places listed property housed male prisoners at the Georgia State Prison Farm between 1911 and 1937.  Most notably, the building housed Georgia’s first electric chair “Old Sparky.”

 

Looking to the future, Archeologist Stephen Hammock said officials must work to preserve the Prison Farm Cemetery that sits on state property near the Baldwin County soccer complex.