Tales from the Clink returns; true crime stories from Clay County’s past

Zoey Fields

For one night only, Clay County’s old jail, historic courthouse and old railroad depot will be transformed into a two-in-one event featuring a candlelight tour through the Clay County Historic Triangle and telling old jail stories.

The two events, “Tales from the Clink,” and the Fall Family Festival, will be Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Triangle, 21 Gratio Place, off State Road 16 in Green Cove Springs. Tour prices are $2 for adults and $1 for children, cash only.

The events are making their first appearance since the Covid-19 pandemic shut them down in 2019, Clay County Clerk of Courts Public Information Officer Mary Justino said.

Ridgeview High School Drama students portray old-time criminals during Tales from the Clink.Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller

“It is partly spooky, but 100% educational and fun,” she said. “This event features local high school drama class students who bring our county’s true crime stories back to life.”

Tales from the Clink will take place in the Old Jail and the stories told are based on real characters and cases from Clay County’s past. Ridgeview High School drama class students will portray different criminal characters from deep into the county’s past, Justino said.

“Speaking of educational fun,” she said. “The origins of calling a jail ‘the clink’ are onomatopoeic; deriving from the sound of striking metal as jail doors were bolted, or the rattling of the chains prisoners wore. The name has become slang as a generic term for prison or a jail cell.”

The Fall Family Festival takes place the same evening and includes a free game zone for children, food and drink vendors, music and outdoor seating, fall decor photo opportunities and a flea market.

The event takes place in the courtyard of the Historic Triangle. Guests can park along Walnut Street, Gratio Place and Green Street.

“We look forward to bringing these old-fashioned events back to our residents and visitors,” Justino said.

Clay County's Tales from the Clink and Family Fall Festival is back on Oct. 20.Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller

The old Jail was established in 1894, the old Courthouse in 1890 and the old Railroad Depot in the 1940s, she said. The event gives residents and visitors a chance to experience the fun and games, while also touring and learning more about each location.

The event is presented by the Clay County Archives Inc., Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller's Office, Clay Tourism Office and Clay County District Schools. Click here to be redirected to exploreclay.com for more information.

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