Old Jail Museum
The Old Jail Museum was built in 1871 and used as the county jail until January 1995 when it was purchased by Tom and Betty Lou McBride of Jim Thorpe. The massive stone building is an outstanding example of 19th Century prison architecture and is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Sitting high above the town the castlelike building contains 72 rooms, including 27 main cells, 16 eerie, solitary confinement cells in the ghost-filled dungeon, and a five room apartment for the original warden. The cell block was the site of the hanging in the late 1880s of seven Irish miners accused of being Molly Maguires. Cell 17 contains the mysterious handprint-on-the wall left by a condemned man in 1877 before his hanging for murder when he proclaimed his innocence. A reproduction of the original gallows used to hang four men at one time is also on display. Escorted tour includes a visit to most sections of the jail, including the scary dungeon, a report on the oppression of miners which brought about the establishment of unions in the coal mines, and a retelling of the “Day of the Rope”, the day on which four accused Molly Maguires were hanged at one time inside the Old Jail.
Tours: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, every day except Wednesday. The Old Jail is always closed on Wednesday. Tours are held weekends only in September and October. Tours hours: 12:00 noon to last tour at 4:30 p.m. New tour begins every 20 minutes. Admission: $6.00 adults; $5.00 seniors over 65 and high school students; $4.00 children age 6 to 12. No charge for children 5 and under. See you in Jail – the Old Jail!