History

Built in 1885 on the former site of the D.W. Merritt home, this building served as the Lavaca County Jail until 2005, making it the second longest continuously operating jail in Texas. Architects for the building were Dietz & Piper and it was built by the firm Pickett & Mead. The 1885 jail cages on the second floor, were built by P.J. Pauly & Brothers Company. In 1976, the Mayfield Construction Company of San Antonio enlarged and modified the building, adding newer cells (almost 100 years newer) to the first floor. Roger Chambers, of Rita, Inc., purchased the building in 2014 and plans to eventually reveal the original building facade through restoration work. Mr. Chambers has purchased several historic properties and many of them are available as filming locations.

“I’m thrilled you are here. Please stay awhile and look around. You’ll find inspiration and truth.”

Amazing, historic haunted county jail- 1885-2005 in Halletsville, Texas. Driving Directions to the Old Lavaca County Jail: The jail is located at 305 N. Main Street in Hallettsville, Texas. It is just a block from the Lavaca County Courthouse. From Austin, you take Highway 71 East to Highway 77 South for a little over 90 miles. From Houston, you take Interstate 10 West and Highway 77 South for around 113 miles or 59 South to Alt 90.

Haunted Old Lavaca County Jail

305 N Main St, Hallettsville, TX 77964

(713) 805-7428

Our Hours

Monday:
CLOSED
Tuesday:
CLOSED
Wednesday:
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Thursday:
8:00 PM – 9:00 AM
Friday:
8:00 PM – 9:00 AM
Saturday:
8:00 PM – 9:00 AM
Sunday:
8:00 PM – 9:00 AM