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Crime and Punishment Museum, Ashburn, GA

Ashburn Turner Co. Chamber of Commerce

Crime & Punishment Museum, Ashburn, GA

America’s first RVs originated around here—at least, that’s what people jokingly called the rolling cages that carted around chain-gang prisoners. And this museum, which served as the county jail for close to 90 years, has samples of other oddities from the chain-gang system, where inmates were forced to do back-breaking labor under the supervision of whip-wielding, armed guards.

What You’ll See: The museum is full of antique prison equipment, like a hangman’s noose, armed guard’s whip, and replica of an electric chair. And be sure to grab a bite at the Last Meal Café.


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