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Old Jail Museum, Jim Thorpe

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  • So glad we chose to take this tour!! The history is absolutely amazing!! It is not a large jail by any means but they take you inside the workings of it. Truly is an historical gem that I hope is arou...  more »
  • Interesting history presented. Definitely a must see if you are Irish or have a connection to the Molly Maguires. I felt the tour guide could have been more natural rather than rehearsed. It is hard t...  more »
  • We learned a great deal, we were decently scared and the people are exceptionally kind. If you are Irish this is a must-see place particularly if you have kids.  more »
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  • It may not quite be worth the $7 for the tour but our guide was friendly and reasonably knowledgeable about the place. The big draw is the hand print in cell 17. The cell is locked to protect it but you can see it from the door. Overall many of the spaces have seen better days but the renovations that have been done are a good considering that this was an active county jail until 1995. It is scary to imagine being stuck in that space around that period. The history of the region and it's Irish immigrant population is the most striking part of the tour. Being of Irish decent and having family who once called Pennsylvania home really hit me pretty hard just what they went through in the way of discrimination. It is a little uphill hike from the mail part of town so if you aren't very active possibly consider trying to drive up.
  • Really enjoyed a self guided tour of this old jailhouse! Loved hearing the history and looking at all the interesting artifacts.
  • The information was so interesting. Also, my husband's great great uncle Charles Sharp was one of the last men hung as a Molly Maguire Jan. 1879.
  • Quick, Fun little tour done by locals, good historical site. Recommend you also visit the Anthracite Mine after to see what conditions the miners endured.
  • If you enjoy history, go here... The whole town if full of rich history, but the jail holds its own secrets, 100% worth the visit

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