The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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March 28, 2014

Alice in Wonderland: Theatrical tour at old jail




Admission will be $5 per person. For an additional $5, a 5x7 photo can be taken and printed, if desired.


“While we will take pictures for people, you are welcome to bring your own cameras or take a picture with your cell phone,” Janz said. “When people share their pictures on social media, it helps us get the word out, so it's a win-win for us.”


For those who haven't had a chance to see the inside of the old jail — the tour is like walking through history.


“It's a really unique opportunity because you are submersed into a wonderland and experiencing a literary work that is actually an old jail that has been converted for the tour,” Janz said. “There are still some elements of the oil jail showing. It's a mix — a fusion of arts and the remnants of history. You can't find too many places like this that are ”


In addition, Palestine artist Sheila Galloway's “Vintage Americana” art show is set up in two old jail cells located on the bottom floor of the jail.


“If this is a success, we will keep doing things like this. It's a great way to save a historic piece of property while sharing the history of the building with others by doing these creative theatrical works,” Janz said.


The old jail was most recently used to hold the “Grinch's Lair” event during the Christmas season.


In addition, private Wonderland photo sessions and tours are available by reservation.


“We really want to thank our volunteers. Without them and the community's support, we couldn't do this. We have gotten a lot of positive support,” Janz said. “Hopefully, this will be just the beginning. If someone has an idea of something we could do in the future, we are open to ideas.”


For more information, call 903-373-8158 or visit the Haunted Little Jail on Facebook.



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