After hearing that McConnelsville has small museums and other bits of Americana, I decided to head out Route 37. However, before crossing the Muskingum, I stopped at Malta.
The old school is listed in a Morgan County brochure, but this nearby dungeon was far more interesting. At first glance I thought it was a root cellar. A friend suggested in would make a good tornado shelter.
“Prisoners convicted of rioting, larceny and adultery in Morgan County between 1833 and 1839 were confined to a dungeon near the Court House in McConnelsville. This stone vault, 11 feet high, 5 feet wide and 12 feet long, was discovered in 1964 and is believed to have been used as the county dungeon. The Morgan County Pomona Grange #81 in co-operation with the County Commissioners and the County Agricultural Society reconstructed the structure on this site in 1965 as a community service project.”
You don’t see many memorials to Rebel generals here in Ohio: