Old Jailer’s House receives  historical marker

The Scott County Jail and Jailer’s House was dedicated as the newest state historical marker on Friday during the Scott County Homecoming: “Bar None.”

In a commemorative dedication, the marker was unveiled, followed by a reception, which included an art exhibition. The exhibition featured jail-themed art from several local artists. 

The jail was built in 1892, and used until 1991, while the jailer’s house was built around 1870 and also used until 1991. 

The jail’s most famous prisoner was Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers, who was tried four times in connection with the 1900 assassination of Gov. William Goebel. In 1908, Powers’ legal travails came to an end when Gov. Augustus E. Willson pardoned him, according to a Kentucky Historical Society press release.