It is unique in that an all woman city government, in an era when women couldn't vote, built this jail. It was built for the confinement of Haddam's unruly men. The election of 1901 brought about a one-year change in government in Haddam. Since women could not vote, wifely persuasion encouraged the men to vote in a woman mayor and an all-women council. The rock for the jail was quarried locally and a local blacksmith did the ironwork. Although the ladies furnished the jail appropriately, it did not see much use as Police Judge Fannie Leibel heard only two cases that year. Just a short two miles north of US Hwy 36 the town of Haddam welcomes visitors off the beaten track.