Tyrrell Prison Work Farm

Tyrrell Prison
Work Farm

Snell Rd.
Columbia NC 27925
Phone:252-796-1085
Fax: 252-796-0494

 

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Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is a minimum-security prison for adult males located on 200 acres of land near Columbia in Tyrrell County.

The $9 million facility was the second prison work farm constructed in North Carolina. The first was the Dan River Prison Work Farm in Yanceyville. Both facilities, built by prison work crews, are designed to emphasize inmate work.

The work farm houses more than 500 inmates who will be put to work in the community work program, in agricultural production at the prison’s 103-acre farming operation or in other institutional jobs.

The prison operates with a staff of about 200 employees representing custody, food service, medical, maintenance, programs, fiscal and administrative and has an annual operating budget of approximately $8 million.

In the Community Work Program, a correctional officer supervises a squad of up to ten inmates in short term, manual labor projects for public agencies. The prison’s farming operation provides produce grown in fields and greenhouses by the prison. Broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes and peppers are grown in the fields. Greenhouses provide a year round supply of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

The modern and unique architecture of this new facility differs markedly from traditional prison structures and was designed to be built and maintained at less cost. The physical plant consists of an administration building, central complex buildings comprised of food service, staff offices, visiting area, clothes house and central control office, segregation building and produce warehouse. The impressive dormitory building is 60,000 square feet under one roof which contains 10 inmate housing areas, 10 day rooms, two canteens, 10 shower and lavatory areas, medical and programs departments, barber shop, library, classroom, chaplain’s office and two control rooms.

Driving directions:

From Winston-Salem / Greensboro:
Follow Interstate 40 East to Raleigh. Take exit 301 towards Rocky Mount. This will be Highway 440 Follow to exit 13B towards Rocky Mount/Wilson. This will be Highway 64 East. Follow Highway 64 East to Williamston exit on 515 towards Plymouth/Manteo continue on Highway 64 to Columbia. When coming into Columbia, go through the stop light. Go 1 block. Turn left at Road Street. There will be a convenience store/laundromat on this corner. Follow this road for 3 ½ miles to Snell Road. Turn right on Snell Road. Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is located on this road.

From Manteo:
Follow Highway 64 West to Columbia. Turn right on Road Street. Follow this road 3 ½ miles to Snell Road. Turn right on Snell Road Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is located on Snell Road.

From Elizabeth City:
Follow Highway 17 South to Highway 37. Turn Left on Highway 37. (There is a left turning lane approximately 100 yards beyond the Trading Post Exxon Station.) Follow this road to Highway 64 East. Turn left on Highway 64 East and follow to Columbia. When coming into Columbia, go through the stop light. Go 1 block. Turn left at Road Street. There will be a convenience store/laundromat on this corner. Follow this road for 3 ½ miles to Snell Road. Turn right on Snell Road. Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is located on this road.

From Wilmington, NC:
Follow Highway 17 North to Williamston. Turn right on Highway 64 East. Follow Highway 64 East to Columbia. When coming into Columbia, go through the stop light. Go 1 block. Turn left at Road Street. There will be a convenience store/laundromat on this corner. Follow this road for 3 ½ miles to Snell Road. Turn right on Snell Road. Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is located on this road.