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1800s jail to be dedicated at Shubael Little open house

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Weekend tours of an 1800s jail reconstructed at the Shubael Little Pioneer Village near Rocky Point will be better than most lockups. No one will have to spend the night and the food will be top rate. 

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Saturday and Sunday’s open house will draw visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in what is the largest yearly event for the village. Founded in 2000 with the dedication of the Hinton log cabin, the village has grown over the years to include additional cabins, as well as a beehive stone oven, blacksmith shop and forge and a carpenter shop. Village organizers also plan to move the Oriole Methodist Church to the site but more money is needed to complete the move.

The stone structure was built around 1840 in Troy and historians believe it was first used as a jail. It was later used as an ice house and for storage. It was donated to the village by St. Pius Church. 

Visitors to the open house can travel from point to point in the village by a mule-drawn covered wagon. Events include fireplace cooking, outdoor oven bread baking, apple butter cooking, quilting, candlemaking, spinning, weaving, broom making and rail-fence splitting. 

There will be bluegrass music and a country store. Chicken dinners will be served Saturday and pork-chop dinners Sunday. There will also be homemade pies and ice cream. 

An old-time church service will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The village is located just east of Rocky Point along Indiana 66. Watch for signs.