Old Jail Museum, Jim Thorpe

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  • we visited the jail twice in the same day. first time for the regular tour and history of the jail and Molly Maguires the second time for the halloween walk through for some halloween fun.  more »
  • Interesting if you have nothing else to do while in Jim Thorpe. Our tour guide wasn't the greatest. Looks like the Halloween Tour might be fun. Parking real close is limited.  more »
  • Please know that the ghost tour does not cover as much history as a regular tour. It is shortened and focused on the ghost stories. It's a good idea to read a little about the jail history first. It w...  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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