- Source: David Seibert
- Marker: Fullerville Jail
- Location: At the old jail, 250 feet east of Rockmark Road (Ga 61), Fullerville
The Fullerville Jail served the city of Fullerville, Ga. from 1916 to 1956. According to Fullervillains, the city’s first jail was made of wood and burned to the ground. According to former Fullervillains who witnessed the burning of the first jail, the prisoner arrested for public drunkenness set the wooden jail on fire and tried to escape. The prisoner escaped from the fire and was not seriously hurt. Based on a former Fullervillian’s age at the time she witnessed the fire, the jail burned sometime in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s. It is estimated that the concrete jail was built immediately after the wooden jail burned making the concrete jail ready to serve prisoners in the early to mid-1930s. Funds for the concrete jail were being sought from the Mayor and city council of Fullerville, Georgia, immediately after the destruction of the wooden jail caused by fire.
The Fullerville community has a proud and rich background made up of hard-working people who saw the mills as a step up from the sharecropper labor. Fullerville was granted a charter from the state of Georgia in 1916. Before Fullerville, Georgia was annexed into Villa Rica, Georgia in 1956, Fullerville existed as its own town for 45 years with a bustling industry that included a cotton mill, a hosiery mill, a company store, local eateries, a lumber yard and a casket company.
The PBB Fullerville Jail committee was founded by Perry Bill Bailey who is a former Fullervillain himself from 1958 until 1969. He and his committee set up fundraisers to preserve the historical Fullerville jail in 2009. The committee was successful in getting the flags and the Fullerville Jail recognized as a place of history in this town which was once known as Fullerville, Georgia. Fullerville is now recognized as a community of Villa Rica, Georgia.
“What started off as a dream form a Fullerville child, became a reality”
Perry Bill Bailey, founder and president of the PBB Fullerville Jail committee Joyce Fain, Director and Vice President Members of the PBB Fullerville Jail committee The PBB Fullerville Jail committee would like to give special thanks to Jeff Reese who played a big part in helping the committee to preserve the historical jail and making the Fullerville Trails a reality.