For decades, there have been stories about ghosts in the old Cecil County Jail on North Street in Elkton. Most were sort of vague as people reported out-of-place creaking noises, foot-steps in unoccupied hallways ways, and things like that. But about two years ago a person whom I know to be reliable came to me with astonishing, never before told story about spectral sightings and voices of jailbirds of long ago inside those strong fortress-like walls. While I don’t know what she saw and heard, she experienced something that frightened her.
What more likely spot for spirits than a place filled with more than century of tragedy, a long obsolete lockup that managed to outlive its usefulness as a the county pen in just 113-years. In this 19th century structure a sheriff was killed in the line of duty, five people spent their last night’s on earth before meeting the executioner and many a hardened criminal passed their days behind that heavy iron-barred door.
It’s an interesting, previously undocumented story of the type that I’ve never done before in the Oct/Nov. issue of Maryland life. If you’re interested in these sorts of pieces, pick-up a print copy and check out the Ghost of Prisoners Past: Spectral Sightings at the Cecil County Jail in Maryland Life.