“Try to Get out of This Jail, Buster”



Try to Break Out of THIS Jail, Buster”




Louis and I had two purposes for heading to the pretty lakeside town of Goderich. The first was to witness the damage done to its downtown by the summer 2011 tornado . The second was to visit the National Historic Site  Huron County Gaol and Courthouse.

From all media reports after that menacing weather event, I knew the sturdy gaol was holding up far better than many of Goderich’s  businesses.


Construction began on The Huron County Gaol and Courthouse in 1839, almost 30 years before Canada’s nationhood. Designed by architect Thomas Young, this holding pen was something special–with security and a touch of humanitarianism in mind.

Stone quarried from the nearby  Maitland River was laid two feet thick around the central cell blocks. And on the remote possibility that an ambitious inmate clawed his way out of his “bedroom” wall, he faced another another two foot wall around the outer…

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