SANDUSKY COUNTY

HISTORIC JAIL & DUNGEON TOURS

Explore the 1840's Dungeon, 1890's Jail, Gallows Exhibition Hall on our guided tours

 

Ever wonder what early jail life might be like? Then this is a tour for you! The 1 hour and 15 minute Guided Tour is actually three tours in one and includes the 1892 jail with ties to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 1840's Dungeon located underneath the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring the gallows used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. Hear exciting stories while learning the significance of this rare and historic structure.

Sandusky County built a dungeon in the early 1840s, after local officials experienced multiple escaped prisoners in a short time from the less secure, above ground jail. The earliest jails were essentially cabins which consisted of a small room with a dirt floors and a few iron bars on the window. Often local residents would volunteer up a room in their own homes for overflow for county inmates.

When the first prisoners were incarcerated in the 1840's dungeon, they saw little daylight in the subterranean space, with the only illumination coming from kerosene lamps. Despite the terrible conditions, the dungeon was used for more than a decade before it was finally shuttered. Today, the Sandusky County Courthouse sits atop part of it, and guided tours of the Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon have been offered since 2013.

“It’s like stepping through a time portal. When you open that door, and you go into the dungeon area, it literally feels like you stepped back into the 1840s,” says David Thornbury, marketing specialist at the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which oversees the tours.


After hearing of paranormal accounts from courthouse staff, the Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits did a paranormal investigation of the dungeon. The activity and evidence captured was off the charts and afterward, the county talked to them about offering paranormal tours.  These tours are offered several times per year and are extremely limited to 30 people and almost always sell out.

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The historic 1840's Dungeon is located below the current Sandusky County Courthouse and is one of county's biggest untold secret until now.  Book a tour today to explore this area that time forgot.

Special tours available for groups of 20 or more, pending availability of

building and staff.  Call or click to request a special tour.

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20​21 Historic Jail & Dungeon Event Schedule & Tickets

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Ever wonder what early jail life might be like? Then this is a tour for you! The 1 hour and 15 minute Guided Tour includes the 1892 jail with ties to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 1840's Dungeon located underneath the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring the gallows used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. Hear exciting stories while learning the significance of this rare and historic structure. And the best part: Tours are kid friendly! 

New for 2021!    Jail & Dungeon Flashlight Tours

Looking for an experience that is historical yet guaranteed to make the hair on the back of your neck raise? Check out our new Sandusky County Historical Jail & Dungeon flashlight tours. Hear the macabre stories of inmates that once paced the cellblock, in fact, some that are believed to still haunt them today.  Each guest will be loaned a flashlight to take on the tour to help you make your way through the darkness as your guide points out points of interest and shares the not so pleasant history of early Sandusky County Jail life.  The tour lasts about 1-hour and is not recommended for children.

Date
Tour Type
Time
Description
Price
09/22/2021
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$5.00
09/22/2021
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$10.00
10/27/2021
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$5.00
10/20/2021
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$5.00
10/20/2021
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$10.00
10/27/2021
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$10.00
11/10/2021
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$5.00
11/10/2021
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$10.00
04/13/2022
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$5.00
04/13/2022
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$10.00
05/11/2022
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$5.00
05/11/2022
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$10.00
06/08/2022
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$5.00
06/08/2022
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$10.00
07/13/2022
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$5.00
07/13/2022
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$10.00
08/10/2022
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$5.00
08/10/2022
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour.
$10.00
09/14/2022
Historic Tour
5:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$5.00
09/14/2022
FLASHLIGHT Tour
6:30 pm
History based 1-hour guided tour in the dark, focus on the dark stories of the inmates.
$10.00

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Choose your Tour type and use dropdown to select the Desired event Date and Time

 HISTORICAL TOUR TICKETS

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FLASHLIGHT TOUR TICKETS

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Dungeon Descent:  An Adventure into the Paranormal, Sandusky County Historic Jail, 622 Croghan Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420


8:00 p.m. Explore the age-old mystery of what lies beyond the grave in this nighttime paranormal investigation adventure. Cost: $25.00. Must pre-register for this event by calling 419-332-4470 or by purchasing tickets at: www.sanduskycounty.org.

Date
Title
Time
Description
Price
09/25/2021
Dungeon Descent
8:00 pm
4+ hour Paranormal Investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S.
$25.00
10/02/2021
Dungeon Descent
8:00 pm
4+ hour Paranormal Investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S.
$25.00
10/30/2021
Dungeon Descent
8:00 pm
4+ hour Paranormal Investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S.
$25.00
04/30/2022
Dungeon Descent
8:00 pm
4+ hour Paranormal Investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S.
$25.00
10/01/2022
Dungeon Descent
8:00 pm
4+ hour Paranormal Investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S.
$25.00
10/08/2022
Dungeon Descent
8:00 pm
4+ hour Paranormal Investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S.
$25.00
10/29/2022
Dungeon Descent
8:00 pm
4+ hour Paranormal Investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S.
$25.00

SOLD OUT!

PURCHASE TICKETS

   September 27, Oct  1, Oct 29, 2021 SOLD OUT!    2022 Dates now posted!

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Dungeon Descent  Events for 2022 

 

Virtual Tour of the Dungeon, Press "Play Button" below to begin

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Additional Information and Maps

Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon is located in Fremont, Ohio and is just a few miles from Exit 91 of the Ohio Turnpike. The tours are by appointment or advertised dates ONLY and walk-in are not accepted. Please verify times before travel. 

We are located:

  • 20 minutes from the Lake Erie Island Ferry in Downtown Port Clinton

  • 45 minutes to Cedar Point Amusement Park

  • 45 minutes from downtown Toledo

  • 90 minutes from downtown Cleveland

Downloadable PDF Information Sheet about RBHayes

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ADDRESS:

Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon

622 Croghan Street
Fremont, OH 43420

BOOKING CONTACT:

Brenda Havens, Sandusky County CVB

Telephone:   (419) 332-4470

712 North Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420  |   419-332-4470 or toll free 800-255-8070  |  Fax 419-332-4359

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