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Historic jail to be open for tours during Herkimer Diamond Days

Pictured is rhe 1834 Herkimer County Jail. (Photo submitted)

HERKIMER — The Herkimer County Historical Society and the 1834 Herkimer County Jail at the “Historic Four Corners”will be open for tours during the village’s “Herkimer Diamond Days” on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Herkimer County Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit on “Herkimer County in the Great War” featuring a display on the area’s involvement in World War 1 in its Suiter museum building. The museum also features an ongoing exhibit of life in Herkimer County, the story of Francis Elias Spinner, treasurer of the United States under Abraham Lincoln, and for all ages, the Joyce Keller Doll House miniature display.

The Friends of Historic Herkimer County will open the 1834 Herkimer County Jail for tours showing the sheriff’s quarters, a display on the jail’s history, and the upper level jail cell area that features the Chester Gillette cell. Gillette became famous nationwide when he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Grace Brown, at Big Moose Lake in 1906, which was later the basis for Theodore Dreiser’s novel “An American Tragedy” and the Hollywood film “A Place in the Sun.”

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