Williamson County commissioners end renting of historic jail, consider sale

Williamson County Commissioners Court will consider the sale of the historic jail. (Courtesy the Texas Historical Commission)
Williamson County Commissioners Court will consider the sale of the historic jail. (Courtesy the Texas Historical Commission)

Williamson County Commissioners Court will consider the sale of the historic jail. (Courtesy the Texas Historical Commission)

The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted Oct. 6 to no longer lease or rent the Historic County Jail in Georgetown, citing safety concerns.

The jail, located at 312 Main St., Georgetown, was in use from 1889-1989. To date, it holds a historical identification and is often used as a filming location, officials said.

The Commissioners Court said it does not have any intention to again use the jail for county purposes, making the return on investment for upkeep and repairs too costly to keep on the county payroll.

“It's not a facility that I think [the county] will ever use again,” Commissioner Cynthia Long said. “It's costing the taxpayers to have it.”

The jail is a recorded historical landmark. Commissioner Valerie Covey and Commissioner Russ Boles agreed to look into any restrictions surrounding the designation as well as its potential sale.


“[The jail] is expensive to maintain, [and] it's impractical,” Boles said.