“Interesting attraction. Especially good for rainy day.”
I've been here a few times and find it a cool attraction. We didn't have a very good guide this time, but in the past they've been a bit better informed. There's some interesting history connected w/ this jail (e.g., about coal miner strikes, prejudice against Irish, penal policies, architecture), although the tour itself is not extensive. It's interesting to learn about how things changed over the decades and the lore of the "handprint" on the wall that still exists decades later. Also sobering to see how solitary confinement was back in those days. It starts off w/ a short video, but you get a guided tour and then a little time to wander around as well. This jail was also in a Sean Connery film covering some of the history around the time of the coal strikes and the ensuing death penalty meted out on possibly innocent miners of the time.
I think kids would enjoy this as well b/c of how it makes the history come alive (and it's short enough to not tax their attention spans).
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