Penitentiary Exhibit - The Keillor Coach House

A History of Crime & Punishment

This exhibit, located in the Keillor Coach House, provides a fascinating glimpse not only of the construction of the penitentiary buildings and the daily life of its officers, but of the activities of its inmates, both legal and illegal.

You will view a penitentiary cell, confiscated weapons, and the whipping table where lashes were administered for various infractions. Feel the weight of an Oregon Boot like the ones that were worn to prevent any attempt of escape.

For over 135 years, the grey stone walls of Dorchester penitentiary has dominated the village and impacted on the lives of its citizens. This exhibit is an acknowledgment of that reality both inside and outside those walls.