Updated 01/05/2023 History Room - 442 Hewett Street | Neillsville WIJail Museum - 215 E 5th Street | Neillsville WIMailing Address: P. O. Box 41 | Neillsville WI 54456Ph: 715. 743. 2150 Email: email@example.comWeb: 1897clarkcountyjailmuseum.com 2011-2023 - All Rights Reserved - 1897 Clark County Jail Museum Inc.
The 1897 Clark County Jail Museumwas actually the Clark County (WI) Jail and Sheriff Residence from 1897 to 1978. By 1978 the County had built a new County Jail / Sheriff Department within the Courthouse complex in Neillsville. Also in 1978, theCounty Historical Society Inc. (CCHS)began working with community and County officials to save the building from being torn down. The CCCH entered into a lease for the structure and members and volunteers spent over a year making repairs and improvements to the building and ready for public tours. Beginning in 1980, the Society members and volunteers operated this Museum as one of two historic sites, along with their other programs. In 2008, the Jail Museum was separately incorporated as the 1897 Clark County Jail Museum, Inc. and is maintained and operated by this organization members and volunteers. Really two museums in one - visitors tour the beautiful Victorian home where each Clark County Sheriff and his family lived during their term of office (1897 to 1974). These families brought their own furniture and personal items with them to use while living in the residence and then took everything with them when it was time for the next Sheriff to move in. Today, the residence is filled with period furniture, art, books, musical instruments, as well as personal and household items that have all been donated to the Museum for display. The Jail portion of the Museum, in use from 1897 to 1978, was home for all Clark County WI prisoners and the Patrol and Sheriff Department. Still intact, this old County Jail is filled with vintage law enforcement items, archives, records and local historic items. The third floor of the Jail now serves as a military display.