December 17 2012

Press Release: Law and Order 1886-Fundraiser Dinner

The victim James McCabe

the Old Stone Jail where McCabe was confined until his execution.

The Wayne County Historical Society is going back 125 years and inviting the community to join them at their May fundraiser. Law and Order 1886, Murder on Bangall Road will be an interactive dinner theater combining historic facts, drama, a feast and tours of the historic 1859 Old Stone Jail. The event will be held on Saturday May 26.

The evening will begin under an elegant tent placed behind the historic Dimmick Building on the corner of 9th and Court Streets. Bob Zabady, of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, will prepare a bounteous dinner consisting of prime rib, salmon, shrimp scampi and honey-baked ham with appropriate side dishes.

Following dinner, Sandy Gabrielson will direct a cast from the Ritz Company Players in an original drama based on the 1885 murder of Michael Reilly, a crime that led to the execution of James McCabe, the last man to be hanged in Wayne County. After dinner, the group will move to the courtroom where the original trial took place, and the audience will be encouraged to participate in the reenactment. When the story of the trial is over, the audience is invited for a tour of the Old Stone Jail, where McCabe was held before and after his notorious escape.

Only 130 seats are available for dinner, and reservations must be made by May 5. Dinner and theater combination is $75 per person, with theater only at $25 for adults and $10 for students. For a $20 donation, supporters will be listed as non-attending patrons. For more information or to make reservations, call the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240, email, or visit to order online.