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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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Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Our guide, Talia, was a great storyteller. She had me hooked on hearing about the Molly Maguires! We visited with younger kids, and it was perfectly creepy (not too scary). I was so curious about the guard tower & wish we would have been allowed to go up there. At least we were allowed to go to the dungeon, which... More

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Smithfield
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Worth going to see if you are in town, a lot of History here, You need to go see the HAND and make up your own mind about it.

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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

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
18 helpful votes 18 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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4 attraction reviews
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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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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180 reviews 180 reviews
13 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
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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