Now Open for Tours


The Kendall County Historic Jail was constructed in 1887 and served for a century as the county jail. In recent years, the Friends of the Kendall County Historic Jail (FKCHJ) have painstakingly restored the space, bringing it back to life as a one-of-a-kind museum of Kendall County history.

Visit Us

Museum Hours:

Saturday: 10am-4pm
Holiday Hours May Vary


$5 – Adults
FREE – Children Under 10 & Law Enforcement


208 E. San Antonio Ave
Boerne, TX 78006


Kendall County Historic Jail Old Jail Boerne Texas - black and white

Built in 1887, the limestone jail was designed and built by Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company and stood next door to the Kendall County Courthouse, built 17 years prior. 

The jail housed four jail cells and also served as home to the early sheriffs and their spouses, who would often cook for the inmates. 

The jail served as workspace for county employees after its closure in 1987, and as storage space since 2012.  


Permanent Collection

  • Booking/Evidence Room
  • Sheriffs of Kendall County/Emergency Responders
  • Texas Rangers – Battle of Walkers Creek
  • Western Trail
  • Apelt Armadillo Farm
  • Adolph & Plinky Toepperwein – The Fabulous Topperweins
  • Arnold Toepperwein – The Little Deputy & Ring Tail Rino
  • San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway
  • Lex Sanitarium
  • Newton Boys
  • Telegraph & Telephone
  • Bat Bomb
  • Kendall County Caves & Moonshine

Guest Collection

  • Big Bill Lister – Radio’s Tallest Singing Cowboy

Become a Friend of the Kendall County Historic Jail

Your support is appreciated as we continue to make improvements to the Kendall County Historic Jail and source exhibits to showcase and share. Become a Friend of the KCHJ today!

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