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Simpson County Archives and Museum (old Simpson County Jail And Jailer's Residence)

206 North College Street, Franklin, KY 42134, USA

Confederate prisoners, or Union officers, or maybe both, executed drawings (thought to be in charcoal) on plaster walls in a second-story room of this circa 1835 brick house. The drawings portray soldiers on both sides, one bearing a striking resemblance to the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy," Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. One of the displays tells of Franklin native Marcellus Jerome Clarke, the best known of Kentucky's Civil War guerillas, who went by the nom de guerre, "Sue Mundy."


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From I-65 southbound take exit 6 and travel west on Kentucky 100 to Franklin. Turn right on 31W (Main Street); turn left on Kentucky Avenue. Go 1 block and turn right on North College to stone jail and brick house. From I-65 northbound take exit 2; turn left onto 31W north and travel into Franklin, where 31W becomes Main Street. Turn left onto Kentucky Avenue. Go 1 block to North College Street and turn right.

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Public rest rooms, research archives, tours, handicapped access to first floor only.

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Monday-Friday: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.; or by appointment.



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