Tyrrell Prison Work Farm

County: Tyrrell
Mailing Address: P.O .Box 840, Columbia, NC 27925
Street Address: Snell Road, Columbia, NC 27925
Phone: 252-796-1085 

Inmate capacity: 620
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Occupancy: April 1998

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

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 offender work.

The work farm houses more than 500 offenders who are part of the community work program in agricultural production at the prison's 103-acre farming operation or in other institutional jobs. The prison operates with staff representing custody, food service, medical, maintenance, programs, fiscal and administrative.

In the Community Work Program, a correctional officer supervises a squad of up to 10 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, while the greenhouses provide a year-round supply of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

The modern and unique architecture of this 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 dormitory is 60,000 square feet which contains 10 offender 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.


From Winston-Salem/Greensboro: Follow Interstate 40 East to Raleigh. Take exit 301 toward Rocky Mount (I-440) and get off on exit 14 (I-495) toward Rocky Mount/Wilson. This Stay on U.S. 64 East to Williamston and continue to Columbia. When coming into Columbia, go through the stop light. Go one block amd turn left at Road Street. Follow this road for 3 ½ miles to Snell Road. Turn right on Snell Road to Tyrrell Prison Work Farm.

From Manteo: Follow US 64 West to Columbia. Turn right on Road Street and follow above directions. 

From Elizabeth City: Follow US 17 South to Highway 37. Turn left and follow to US 64 East. Turn left on Highway 64 East and follow to Columbia. Then follow above directions.