The Jail where you get to keep the keys!
In 1906, number 77 Albert Street was purchased from the McCutcheon Family by the Corporation of the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham to house prisoners from the old "Goal" as it was then called. Construction began and the jail opened later the same year.
The Jail continued to be expanded as the region grew, adding cells, offices and a huge concrete wall to keep the prisoners inside during it's 92 year history.
In 1998, the Cobourg Jail closed its doors for the last time and it was auctioned off to the highest bidder. What do you do with an old Jail, with the front building designated a historic site? That has exterior character if it wasn't for the 17 foot concrete wall surrounding the back half of the complex? And enough steel inside to build a battleship?
Well - watch the development unfold - into Cobourg's latest historic achievement.
First a Jail then a Restaurant, then an Inn, a Museum, a Spa and now a Banquet & Conference Center 289-252-1913
Cobourg Jail was one of the biggest of its time, holding up to one hundred inmates. The jail was finally closed to inmates in 1998 and acquired by private interests in early 1999, purchased from the County of Northumberland who acted under the Provincial Government of Ontario to operate the Correctional Institute. The museum
has been incorporated into the King George Inn and Hotel. As much of the
original ambience as possible has been retained while adding modern hotel
luxuries. The individual cells are now individually themed guest rooms, each
unique. What used to be one dungeon is now the Continental Breakfast room. Another has been made into a childrens play
area, allowing parents a welcome break
and conference facilities are superb, and our newly opened restaurant, the
MacAllisters Grill & Tavern provides excellent fare. From one-person
business stops to romantic getaways, wedding banquets or corporate events, we
are able to cater to your needs, calling on our years of experience
with an historical interest in the Jail, the Museum is at your disposal. The
following article is quoted direct from the 05 Sept. 1918 edition of The
Evening Guide and provides a brief but interesting insight into jail conditions
in a small town of the time:
A SPLENDID REPORT ON COUNTIES JAIL
of Jail for the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham
visit of inspection was made to the jail of the united counties of
Northumberland and Durham, at Cobourg, on July 25th, 1918.
G. L. McLaughlin; Turnkey, S.E. Ferguson; Matron, Mrs. McLaughlin.
At the time
of the inspection there were seven male prisoners in custody. There were 66
commitments to this gaol since October 1st, 1917.
condition of the building was satisfactory. The corridors, cells, beds,
bedding, yards, toilets, etc., were all clean and tidy. The drainage and water
supply are those of the town of Cobourg.
no prisoners sick at the time of inspection. One of the prisoners was insane.
of food supplied is good and in accordance with jail regulations. The supplies
are obtained by open purchase. The cost of rations for the past quarter was 21
cents per day per inmate. This is the highest daily cost in the history of the
jail. The average daily cost during the past year was only 15 cents. There were
no complaints amongst the prisoners.
prisoners are bathed on admission and once a week thereafter.
prisoners are given the usual jail employment.
clothing consists of 18 suits in poor condition.
are well-kept and up-to-date.
physician makes a thorough inspection of the jail every three months.
There is a
fine garden in connection with the jail.
discipline and management are satisfactory.
July 25th, 1918
since been converted into a luxury 20+ Room Country Inn & Hotel, complete
with Restaurant, Museum, Banquet and Conference facilities. The facilities
extend beyond these four walls: we offer our guests the opportunity to save
money with a range of Package deals with several local businesses. The packages
vary occasionally so you should ask at reception about Golf, Spa and other
deals to make your stay even more exciting.