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The Old Gaol

Opened in 1806 and dubbed the "New Gaol," the wooden structure represents colonial architecture with exceptional reinforcements.

The New Gaol was constructed using massive oak timbers with iron bolts running the length of the walls, iron rods across the windows and heavy wooden doors reinforced with iron.

1933 saw the last prisoner housed in what is now known as the "Old Gaol." The town closed the property and deeded it to the Nantucket Historical Association in 1946.


Need to know

Address: 15R Vestal Street

Organization: Nantucket Historical Society

Telephone: 508-228-1894

Website: www.nha.org


Monday - Saturday, 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Sunday 12 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Tours of historic sites on the hour and the half-hour. Last tour at 4:30 P.M.


Adults: $6

Children: $3

Also available in combination with Whaling Museum admission.