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Old Jail Museum

128 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA
570-325-5259
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Ranked #9 of 12 attractions in Jim Thorpe
Type: History Museums
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Stoystown, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My father and I visited last weekend. This was probably my favorite thing to see in Jim Thorpe! Our guide was very knowledgeable, charming and answered all of our questions. If you are into history, this is a building you should see.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very interesting "Molly Maguires" story about this place, we actually rented the movie right after the visit

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PA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I did not care for our guide, She was not very knowledgeable. I know the HAND on the wall story BUT this doesn't look like a hand print unless the man was a bear.. The dungeon was interesting. No ghost this trip!

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A real eye-opener to see what inmates had to endure all the way up to 1995! Little bit creepy for younger kids. Pretty creepy for adults.

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Canton, Ohio
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The fact that this building was still being used until 1995 makes it historically significant. What makes it interesting is the single historical event of the hanging execution of the Irish Coal Miners purported to be Molly Maguires and held responsible for the deaths of mine owners and bosses, Although the young guide was informative, the tour itself was disappointing,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our 6 year olds were excited to go to the haunted jail. The basement or isolation cells were dark and damp, but that was the reality of isolation. If your kids are afraid of the dark, they don't have to go down. The history from the guides was great to hear. It's an hour or so visit, but historically interesting... More

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

It is what it claims to be - an old city jail with a very interesting past. The link to the Molly Maguires makes it worthwhile. You need to take the time to read the information in the various areas. The guide we had was nervous and spoke as if she were getting paid by the word but she did... More

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cherry hill
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lots of the rooms were empty so you really did no tget the idea of what portions of the jail were like. Looking at the actual cells was cool. The tour guide was not well informed. For pretty much the same price, the tour of the Asa Mansion was infinitely better.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I were on vacation in Jim Thorpe and went for a tour through the old Jail. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided plenty of information about the history of the jail. If you enjoy history and want to learn a little more about local history give the Old Jail a chance, it won't disappoint.

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Tour was given by the owners 11 year old grandson along with another teenager. Although I admire such a young man speaking to a large crowd, the owners have to realize people are paying hard earned money for the tour. Could not understand what this young man was saying since he was reading off note cards in a timid low... More

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