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This historic jail is overseen by the Licking County Governmental Preservation Society (LCGPS) which is tasked to restore the old jail and promote its history. The building, which is notable for its castle-like fa├žade and roof turrets, was designed by Architect, C.W. Yost and opened its jail doors to its first offenders in November of 1889.

It has been suggested over the last century that the Historic Licking County Jail has a paranormal side. Concrete evidence of ghostly activity is an ongoing point of debate and paranormal investigators continue their work to understand and quite possibly prove that many of those incarcerated here…never left.