State sells historic Litchfield County jail

State sells historic Litchfield County jail

Photo Credit: MGN Online
Photo Credit: MGN Online

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has sold the historic former Litchfield County jail to a real estate investor for $130,000.

Local investor and businessman Russell Barton and the state completed the sale of the 1812 building overlooking the Litchfield Green on Wednesday. Barton says he and his partners plan to renovate the vacant, red-brick building, but they haven’t yet decided what it will be used for.

British prisoners were detained at the jail during the War of 1812, and the building remained a state prison until 1992.

The state had offered the jail to the town of Litchfield at no cost, but local officials said it would be too risky and expensive.

The new developers will have to follow rules for exterior appearances set by the local historic district.

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