Join us for a night of paranormal investigation in one of the most historic areas in San Jacinto County, the original Coldspring townsite, which is now known as Old Town. What was once the old town square and site of the Coldspring courthouse (which burned to the ground in 1915), is now home to buildings from across San Jacinto County, some of which date back to the mid-1850’s!!
You must be 18 or over to attend!
No matter if you’re a total beginner or a seasoned paranormal investigator, this event is for you!
Not only can we give you classes on how to use the equipment and guide you on a full night of ghost hunting with the team, you also get free time to investigate the location on your own!
Reports of disembodied voices, strange sounds, blood-curdling EVP’s, bangs, and shadow figures have left guests running for the doors, and past investigators wanting more.
The pent-up energy in this building is something else. Although the jail itself didn’t hold any executions within the building, the hanging tree on the grounds did, with over 300 inmates reportedly meeting their ends there! Yes, we’ll be carrying out vigils there too!
- Psychic Medium,
- Exclusive History Tour,
- Ghost Hunting Vigils,
- Structured Vigils,
- Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team,
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
- Private time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
- Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including but not limited to: Dr Pepper, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Bottled Water.
- Selection of snacks – only the very best name brands!
The town of Coldspring has a history rich in folklore and legend. It’s been the county seat since before there was a San Jacinto County, and is home to a wealth of artifacts and buildings steeped in Texas tradition, none more so than the Old San Jacinto County Jail – the only remaining building of the original townsite of Coldspring from the 1880’s.
The San Jacinto County Jail, built across Loyd Avenue from the original courthouse square in 1887 is a two-story yellow pink brick building of Victorian influence. The square (28′ X 28′) structure with so-called ‘common’ brickwork is punctuated by several horizontal projecting courses and with masonry in high relief at the corners suggesting square partial columns. The building presented a handsome and solid symbol of law and order in a no-frills (and virtually fireproof) public building. (The contract for the building was given to John R. Johnson and Thomas Ireland. The building cost $1500 and 1/8 of 1% on taxable property was levied for the creation of the building.)
In 1911 the building was expanded 26′ to the south, giving it the current 54′ by 28′ dimensions. The construction methods, materials and most details inside and out were carried out in this new addition increasing the number of cells upstairs and providing living quarters for the jailer and his family, as well as an entry foyer. Narrow and steep metal stairs lead to the cells on the second level. The upper floor is concrete supported by concrete beams dividing the structure into four equal bays with one concrete column in the center.
After the wooden courthouse and several other buildings burned in March of 1915, it was determined that the new courthouse be built at a different location about four blocks to the south. The merchants soon discovered that people attending business at the new courthouse no longer visited the original town square, so within a short time all the businesses migrated to the new square. By 1923, Coldspring was firmly entrenched in its new location. Except for the jail, the old square, which had been the heart of early Coldspring and San Jacinto County, was forgotten and neglected.
By 1980, the building was deemed no longer within acceptable limits of jail standards, and was abandoned for this function in favor of a modern facility at another location. The San Jacinto County Historical Commission was granted a 100 year lease on the property by the Commissioners. Monies were raised through grants, donations and fund raisers to undertake a reconstruction and adaptive reuse of the old jail. These efforts were successful and the old jail now serves the county and thousands of visitors each year as the Old Jail Museum. The Old Jail Museum houses artifacts pertaining to the history of the East Texas and San Jacinto County are. The Old Jail Museum boasts both Texas Historical Commission and National Register recognition.