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Remnants of noose found in old Jailhouse Museum


Remnants of noose found in old Jailhouse Museum
Ralph Gerhardt recently discovered these remnants of a “hangman’s noose” in the attic of the Jailhouse Museum in Floresville.


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December 11, 2013
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Ralph Gerhardt spends many hours giving tours of the Wilson County Jailhouse Museum. He recently discovered a brace in the attic with a rope that had been cut.

“It was attached to a board that is 6” x 6” x 7’ with a rope tied in the center.” Upon measuring where it is in relation to the east and north walls, Gerhardt discovered that it is directly over the gallows on the third floor of the jail cells. “This means that this is the board that was used to hang the first and only person to be hanged inside the Jailhouse Museum,” said Gerhardt. “We never knew it was there.”

Gerhardt made the discovery as he was trying to find a safer way to access the roof. He now is trying to find a trap door to get under the museum but thus far has been unsuccessful. “I want to know what, if anything, is under there. I just love that building and I love giving tours,” he said.

The Wilson County Historical Society maintains the Jailhouse Museum. It is open during community celebrations and for groups by special appointment. Call Gerhardt at 210-413-1158. The Historical Society meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the American Legion Hall in Floresville.
 

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