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Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park

Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park

Want to stay in a unique historic place? Historic Washington State Park has the perfect place. The Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast is a jailhouse that has been renovated with all the modern amenities. Check availability and reserve your room. 

The original jail was completed in 1873. It was a brick, one-story building with four jail cells. It housed criminals for offenses such as burglary, forgery, assault, assault with intent to kill, maiming, and seduction.

A new two-story jail was completed in 1918 with six jail cells, and replaced the old jail and is the one used today as a bed and breakfast. Each of the eight rooms has a private bathroom, WiFi, and satellite TV. A continental breakfast is served. 

Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast guest room at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast guest room at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast guest room at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast guest room at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park porch
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park porch
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast guest room at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast guest room at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park pillar with convicts' names etched on them
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park pillar with convicts' names etched on them
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park sitting room with fireplace
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park sitting room with fireplace
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park porch
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park porch
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park
Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park

Interesting Facts about the Jailhouse:

  • There is a concrete pillar in the dining room and two of the private rooms on the second floor that displays names of convicts who etched their names into it.
  • According to the 2007 book “Ghostly Tales from America’s Jails” edited by Joan Upton Hall, prisoner Isaac Newton Evans committed suicide in the jail in December of 1922 and he supposedly haunts it to this day.
  • From 1910 to 1939, there were at least 27 escapees from the jail, and all but one of them were recaptured.
  • The most prisoners held in the jail at one time was 17 inmates on January 19, 1923.
  • When the county seat moved to Hope in 1940, the jail fell into disuse and was used as rental property divided into apartments.
  • In 1982, the jail was bought and renovated by J.B. Summers and opened it as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. It continued as a privately owned Bed and Breakfast Inn until 2010. Many people remember staying at the jail during this time.
  • In 2014 it was purchased by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism to be renovated and reopened as a Bed and Breakfast Inn.