B&B Lets Guests Spend a Night in the Slammer

August 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

A bed and breakfast in Indiana has found a novel place to house guests – in the cells of the old county jail.

Owner Debra Ackerman opened the Old Jail Inn in Parke County after attempting to buy just the door of the disused building, but being t0ld she had to purchase the whole property.

Ackerman spent 4 months renovating the jail before opening it as a B&B last May. ‘Innmates’ can look forward to a truly unique stay, but shouldn’t expect any luxuries. They sleep in the actual cells, complete with working bars, share the original shower used by the prisoners and eat their meals from metal trays. Upstairs, what was once Murderers’ Row now houses 2 private suites.

The building is over 140 years old, and even its contents have a history. “Nothing was bought in a store brand-new. Everything was reused and re-purposed, and we’re really proud of that,” Ackerman says.

Guests have come from all round the world to stay at the Old Jail Inn, including former employees and inmates of the jail. “It’s not just staying at any bed and breakfast. It’s an experience all the way through,” says Ackerman. Even the guest book is unusual – guests write their appreciation on the walls.

Thanks to the success of the bed and breakfast, Ackerman was able to buy the property next door and turn it into the Old Jail Coffee House, and is in the process of converting the old drunk tank into a winery where she sells her very own Drunk Tank Wine.

Where’s the most unusual place you’ve stayed?


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