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Notice- Creemore Jail 125th Year Celebration

posted Sep 30, 2017, 7:46 AM by Tim Hendry   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 7:46 AM ]
Notice- Creemore Jail 125th Year Celebration

CLEARVIEW, ON- Clearview Township is proud to announce that the Creemore Jail will be hosting a special 125th-anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 12:00pm.

Media and members of the public are invited to join volunteers, members of Council and Mayor Vanderkruys to celebrate the history of the ‘Smallest Jail in North America”.

The celebration will feature area musicians Bob Presner and Fran Webster, stories of the jail, greetings from local dignitaries, a special cake, and a few surprises.

History of the Creemore Jail

The small, 3-cell, stone jail, located on Library Street near the centre of the village, was built in 1892. Under the protection of the village Constable, for fifty years it served as a short-term jail as well as an occasional temporary shelter for itinerant persons. Changes in provincial policing in the 1940s brought the closing of Creemore’s jail along with many other local jails throughout the province.

In 1972, thanks to the efforts of local businessmen led by the editor of the village’s newspaper, The Creemore Star, the jail was refurbished and opened as a tourist attraction, with the claim that it is “The Smallest Jail in North America.” Although this claim has been disputed, no careful study of small jails has yet to be made.

For more information, please contact

Chris Raible

Tim Hendry
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
705-428-6230 ext. 240