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Old Jail Museum

128 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA
570-325-5259
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Jim Thorpe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I was really looking forward to an interesting and spooky tour of the Old Jail Museum. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. My tour guide was a high school girl and as she was reading off her note cards, it felt like I was sitting on a high school history presentation. It was just flat and not that interesting. Believe me,... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Anyone interested in the history of the Molly Maguires or anthracite mining MUST go here. The prison represents an important, yet often forgotten, part of American history and the formation of labor unions. The building itself is very imposing (as you'd expect a prison to be) sitting above a quaint little Victorian town. The tour takes you through the whole... More

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Oakdale, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

It was a very good tour and history of the Irish Maquires. Eye opening and sobering tour, but very well done

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The fact that this facility was in use for close to 220 years is incredible. Very little amenities and used for public hangings, wow! Most interesting is the history of the Molly Maguires.

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North Arlington, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The jail is of course very old. Our Guide spoke way to fast and it was difficult to understand her. However, learning about the Molly McGuires was interesting. Also, while on the tour a Ghost Hunter barreled though because he received a reading from the dungeon (solitary) down in the basement. SOOOOO it's haunted??????

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Eastchester, New York
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

If they didn't hire 16 year old high school students to robotically go through a rehearsed scrip. It was so monotoned and drab that we nearly fell asleep. There is so much incredible history here and it should be conveyed with a little more "soul" as one other reviewer put it. It is cool to walk around such an old... More

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Dallas, PA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Guides were unfamiliar with information and boring. Waited in line for 40 minutes, paid $20 for two people. Total waste of time and money.

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138 reviews 138 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The old building was intriguing. The tour included the two level cell block, the jail cells, the dungeon, the warden's quarters (in the same building), the kitchen, and the women's cells. It was interesting to hear who the Molly Maguires were and how they were framed by the coal mine owners. Much of the original part of the building and... More

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Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Great tour guide, lots of interesting history. It's a long walk up a steep hill if you start at the parking lot by the train, but it's worth the walk. If you go on a weekend in October, be prepared for a long line.

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Allentown, PA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Visited while on a train excursion turn-around in Jim Thorpe. We found the management of the museum to be well-organized and the tour guides to be knowledgable. The script included history and stories, and the tour was well thought out. The building felt secure and well-maintained. The tour started on time and was the duration they'd promised at the front... More

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