Old Jail Museum

Old Jail Museum

When passing through Jim Thorpe in Pennslyvania, in the Poconos, you have to save time to make a stop at the Old Jail Museum, an immersive and interesting historic experience guests of all ages will enjoy.

This jailhouse dates back to 1871, the 2-story historic structure 'delving into the history of past inmates' on regularly offered tours. The structure resembles a fortress standing guard over Jim Thorpe, the beautiful building holding 72 rooms, 27 cells, and living quarters for the warden. The dungeon was used as solitary confinement, and the second floor was used as women's cells.

During a public tour, which typically lasts about half an hour, guests will get to see the dungeon, the cell block, the gallows, and 'peek into cell #17 to get a glimpse of the mysterious 'handprint on the wall'. Learn all about the most infamous occurrence here at the jail, the Day of the Rope. This incident involved the hanging of 7 Irish coal miners, the 'Molly Maguires', who many believe were falsely accused of murder.

There are also special ghost tour options and private ghost hunts/investigations available at certain times during the touring season, which is each Memorial Day weekend to November.


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