North America’s Smallest Jail

Built in 1892 at a cost of $425.20, Creemore’s jail is the smallest 3-cell structure in Ontario and possibly all of North America. Under the direction of the village Constable, this little “lock-up” served for half a century as a secure place to jail lawbreakers. For offences like drunkenness or disturbing the peace, inmates were lodged here over night. Those charged with more serious crimes were held here until transported to the County Sheriff in Barrie.

The jail is open to the public in the summer and is located next to a restored log cabin with history host on hand each Saturday during the summer season.

In the 1940s, new provincial police regulations closed this local lock-up. In the 1960s it re-opened as a tourist attraction, promoted as “North America’s Smallest Jail.” Although other communities may contest the claim, Creemore continues to affirm its title as a village with “a big heart and the smallest jail.”

From May through October, the little lock-up is open daily to the public.

Image Courtesy of Simcoe,.ca

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