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Old Jail Museum

128 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA
570-325-5259
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Jim Thorpe
Type: History Museums
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Another "must see" attraction. Hard to believe people could even survive in these kinds of "accommodations!"

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We just made the last tour on a Saturday afternoon (4:30) and are so glad we did. Our tour guide was a young student who did a wonderful job. The Old Jail has not been spruced up or touristicized much, which I found a good thing. Without giving away too much of the tour, the visit to the dungeon with... More

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Absecon, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We just finished a bike ride at Jim Thorpe ,We were riding into town we saw this old jail. So we stopped took a tour .It was very interesting .Its a old small county jail in a small town .

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Windsor, Connecticut
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

It's odd to think of a jail as historic, but this one played an unusual role in the economic history of the USA. In the 19th Century, before Labor Unions, the immigrant Irish population was dreadfully exploited. They tried to fight back with a covert group named the Molly McGuires. A mole infiltrated this group, there were arrests and many... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The deputy showed us around the jail and sheriffs house. Very informative and fun tour. Pop over to the Old Store while you are there.

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Troy, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Happened to pick up a pamphlet on this attraction and thought it would be something I would be curious enough to visit especially when there's an unusual occurrence of an event that ties in with it. The tour guide had my attention for the entire visit. The most fascinating item to hear about is the hand imprint (which remains but... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Interesting place to visit; but not a place to stay! Of course it's dank and dark and creepy - which I guess is what jail is supposed to be! Fun facts and good tour.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have to start off by saying I have been here seven times! My kids complain about me taking them so many times but it is such an important site in both Irish American history and the history of the labor movement in America. This place is privately owned and is a labor of love for the owners. They aren't... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews 82 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A definite must-do in Jim Thorpe. Just be prepared for your tour guide to be a 16 year old loudly and monotonously reciting a script of facts she memorized. No personality or individualization based on the tour group. No time for questions and no sense of humor. Still, this is a cool historical sight. The best part was when the... More

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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233 reviews 233 reviews
90 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

There isn't much to say about this place. it is very small and its like a small old European mini castle ruin that has had a residential street make a t seem oddly out of place..but uniquely there to be seen among the houses.

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