The Historic Jail

The Scott County Jail is one of the oldest buildings in Scott County. It was built in 1904, using large sandstone from the local area. In fact, its walls are made by 5x4x3 foot blocks of sandstone. Jailer’s quarters are on the first floor, and a third floor was added in 1922 to house maximum security prisoners.

The facility, which housed around 50 inmates, was in use for much of its century-long history. For a short period of time in the 1960s, inmates were housed at a new facility nearby. However, following an escape, the original jail was reopened. The jail was closed for good in 2008 with the opening of the Scott County Justice Center. The jail is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Historic Scott Co. Jail is operated by History, Highways & Haunts LLC, which operates a museum and offers tours of the jail. The mission of the company is to preserve history, further paranormal research and promote tourism, while enhancing and encouraging community pride in the historic location.


214 Litton Covered Bridge Road
Huntsville, TN 37756
(423) 663-5353