From the 1780s until the early 1920s, Stafford County's jail was a small, two-cell affair built of freestone blocks. It was notoriously insecure throughout the years it was used. Fortunately, until recently Stafford had a very limited problem with crime. One newspaper reported: "Stafford jail having been without an inmate for the last eight or ten months, has been turned into a corn house. How's that for an orderly county?" (Fredericksburg Star, Feb. 21, 1880).