|Northumberland County Jail, Heathsville, Va.|
In the context of my book, this is the jail where Magnolia and her "accomplice" Albert Viehmeyer were placed after the murder indictment came down. In fairly quick order Magnolia's lawyers had managed to get her out of the jail by citing frail health and she was lodged in the hotel, which you can see part of in the photos in my last entry. (Viehmeyer was left here from his arrest in April until his release in December.) At the time Magnolia was placed there in April 1895, there were no real separate areas for women. I imagine she was taken to the upper storey, assuming the ground floor was inhabited by men. There have been many changes to the inside of the building, of course, and where there were two large rooms with a central hall and stairway, these floors are now open so one can walk around the three barred cells, with the staircase on one end. I paused close to an upper window and wondered if Magnolia had looked through it. I even wondered if it had glass at the time since there is no mention of window glass in the records of the jail until 1897.
|Did Magnolia gaze through this window?|
What was our excitement this day? After supper at a lovely cafe in Lottsburg that is attached to a tire supply/garage, we raced to the hotel ahead of a storm! The news that evening was duly memorable for it highlighted two areas where we'd just been gallivanting.