Adults – $6
Seniors 60 & Up – $4
Children 7 – 18 – $2
Children 6 & Under – Free
Tours for the Crime and Punishment Museum are by appointment only. Volunteers staff our museum and are happy to share the wonderful history of the jail and of Turner County. Unfortunately, because the staff is made solely of volunteers there is not full time staff. Don’t let a small call dissuade you! Call 229-567-9696 to the Ashburn Welcome Center across the street and we will happily make arrangements for your visit, from one guest to a whole bus, we would love to have you!
The original Jail, often referred to as Castle Turner because of its Romanesque architecture and Courthouse was built in 1906 for a total cost of $60,000. The Jail housed its prisoners upstairs and the downstairs served as the living quarters for the sheriff and his family until 1993.
The Jail has seen anywhere from the pettiest offender to those on death row. At least one documented hanging took place in the jail in 1914. Miles Cribb was hung for the murder of his mother-in-law. The original hanging room, trap door and collar Cribb wore is on display in the in the Jail as well as other fascinating pieces of Crime and Punishment history. Call to schedule a tour today.
Ever wanted a Selfie from behind bars? How about a Stockade photo to remind your kids to behave? Bring a camera and have a blast at this historic site. Your Facebook friends will jealous of your time in jail! Imagine that.
The Crime and Punishment Museum has recently been ranked the 2nd most haunted site in the entire southeast according to Middle Georgia Paranormal Investigators. The Museum is second only to the Old South Pittsburg Hospital in South Pittsburg, TN.
The Crime and Punishment Museum frequently attracts Paranormal Groups from around the country willing to brave a night in the jail to experience its aura and odd phenomenon’s. Tour guides and staff have noted unexplained experiences while in the jail.
Schedule a tour today to decide for yourself!
Paranormal Groups are welcomed to call as well!
A replica of “Old Sparky”, Georgia’s electric chair sits in what would’ve been the living quarters for the Sheriff and his family. Thomas Edison invented the electric chair as a more humane means of execution, however his prediction of it being able to kill a man in five seconds was grossly miscalculated. After witnessing his invention being used and seeing that it took up to four minutes of steady current to kill a man, Edison regretted his invention until his dying day.
Upstairs in the jail features the room that people express the most interest in seeing. In the hanging room you will see an extremely restrictive cell, hanging hook, trap door and the original neck collar that Miles Cribb wore when executed in 1914.
A pine wood coffin that has been donated by Abraham Baldwin College sits ominously in the Crime and Punishment Museum in the upstairs cell. It would’ve been used to transport deceased prisoners to the cemetery for burial. The coffin would then be brought back to the jail to be reused when needed.
We are currently closed to the public due to repairs, but please feel free to enjoy the information on this website and check back for updates.