Historical society tours old jails

By: 
Lisa Ingebrand, Life/Enterprise

LCHS Board members (left to right) George Luskey, Richard Bennett, and Bryce Stenzel look over the jail cells in the 108-year-old building. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

Sheriff Brett Mason led members of Le Sueur County Historical Society (LCHS) Board on a tour of the county’s now-vacant, 108-yearold jail and sheriff’s residence and the recently vacated 1978 jail on Tuesday morning, June 23.

According to County Administrator Darrell Pettis, the county is looking for ways to preserve and use the iconic brick building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

“There’s been talk about making it into a library or turning it over to the historical society. But, whatever is decided, there will be need for extensive renovations,” Pettis stated.

Over the years, the building has been renovated to fit the needs of the time, with old bedrooms and the sheriff’s kitchen area becoming...

To see more on this story pick up the print edition of the July 2, 2020 papers. 

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