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Franklin County Historic Jail Museum

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Nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to stay here.

Recently had the chance to tour the museum. After a day of fishing, I stopped by before driving... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Harvey, Illinois
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History of Franklin County Illinois

A wonderful array of photos and articles telling the history of Franklin County. Fascinating... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Benton, Illinois
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Recently had the chance to tour the museum. After a day of fishing, I stopped by before driving back to Chicago. It was very interesting to hear the criminal histories, but also to learn of the area's connections to famous people as well. If you've...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rags357
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

We were at the Rend Lake area, and I checked Trip Advisor for the top attractions. The historic jail was #1. I’ve looked forward to a tour for months checking the hours multiple times. It said Monday-Saturday 10:00-3:00. We arrived about 11:30 to a locked...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

A wonderful array of photos and articles telling the history of Franklin County. Fascinating pieces of history are told in detail. Is a wonderful place to glean background to much of interest in the county.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank moveBen74
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

A lot of bloody history in Benton,Il's tiny little town. We were looking for a food place off the interstate and this huge jail caught our attention. Curiosity got us... We intended to do a quick run through but ended up staying for over a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Tana S
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Really neat place to visit. Lots of historical info and facts. Great if you’re a Charlie Burger gang or Beatles history buff.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank TaBay_13
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We stopped here to see the memorabilia associated with George Harrison's visit to Benton in 1963. They have a room dedicated to his visit. I also enjoyed the rest of the museum and learning about Benton's history.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank BobB748
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

A great little piece of history. Very educational. Not crowded. Easy to take your time and see everything. The jail cells were very interesting to the children also. This museum offers much more than just a jail.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Anne B
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Being retired law enforcement, the sign on the road caught our eye, so we detoured from our road trip route. It was pretty cool to visit the old style steel bar jail (jail like you see in the old west movies). Lots of history and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Virpi_of_Colorado
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Tour wasn't very long but very informative. Great place to visit. Would recommend anyone to come take a tour.

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Travis H
Reviewed 25 April 2016

When looking for someplace to gain local historical information and facts and also a place to take visitors and friends I found this to be a very surprising wealth of knowledge, and an eye-opener to local lore. It is wonderful to know that the community...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank moveBen74
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