Located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, the Old Jail Museum was used as a jailhouse during the late 1800s. Guided tours occur on a daily basis from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. During September and October, the Old Jail Museum is only open during the weekends.

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1.History

History
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Tom McBride and his wife Betty Lou purchased the Old Jail Museum in 1995. The Old Jail Museum has a dense history, most of which is unpleasant. Most notably, the Old Jail Museum was the site of the Molly Maguires hanging in 1800s. Known as the Day of the Rope, which was June 21, 1877, Alexander Campbell, Edward Kelly, Michael Doyle, and John Donohue, who were Irish coal miners, were hung. On March 28, 1878, another Irish coal miner named Thomas P. Fisher was hung. Then, on January 14, 1879, two more Irish coal miners named James McDonnell and Charles Sharp were hung.

These trials, known as the Molly Maguires are known as one of the first examples of the surrender of state sovereignty. While the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided the courtroom and gallows, a private corporation led the investigation alongside a private detective agency and a private police force. Private attorneys were also used.

It’s important to note that prior to the men being hung, many proclaimed that they were innocent. Today, many historians believe that some of the men who were hung were falsely accused and actually innocent.

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2.Attractions

Attractions
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The Old Jail Museum itself is the only attraction at the Museum. The Old Jail Museum consists of:

· Approximately 72 rooms.

· 27 cells,

· Basement dungeon cells.

· Warden’s apartment which includes a living room, dining room, sitting room, and two bedrooms.

· Kitchen for the warden and their family, as well as the prisoners.

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3.Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities
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One of the only educational opportunities at the Old Jail Museum are the guided tours.

Visitors also have the option of participating in a group tour. Group tours are available on specific weekday dates from May through October, as well as any weekends throughout the season except October. It’s important to note that group tours require a minimum of 20 people.

Aside from regular guided tours, visitors can take a ghost tour. According to the Old Jail Museum’s website, the ghosts at the Old Jail Museum are friendly and often make themselves known to people who are not specifically looking for them. Since the Old Jail Museum is currently closed for the winter season, they have not released their ghost tour dates for the 2017 season. If you’re interested in taking a ghost tour, make sure to check the Old Jail Museum’s official website on a regular basis.

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4.Shopping

Shopping
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After exploring the Old Jail Museum, make sure to shop on their online Gift Shop. The Old Jail Museum’s online Gift Shop sells a variety of souvenirs, such as books, DVDs, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, and drinkware. All of the online Gift Shop’s orders are processed through Peggy’s Treasure Shop.

For more information about the souvenirs sold at the Old Jail Museum’s gift shop and Peggy’s Treasure Shop, visit the Old Jail Museum’s official gift shop website.

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5.Directions

Directions
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The Old Jail Museum is located on 128 W Broadway, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229. If you’re unfamiliar with the Jim Thorpe area, the Old Jail Museum is located in the historic downtown area of Jim Thorpe. It’s important to note that the Old Jail Museum only has a small parking lot, so most people park at a parking meter or in the County Parking Lot, which is located on Route 209.

In order to specifically get to the Old Jail Museum, you can easily walk from a parking meter or the County Parking Lot. All you have to do is walk up Broadway. The Old Jail Museum is located five blocks away from the Court House that has a clock. The Old Jail Museum provides visitors with an online map. Also, the Old Jail Museum states on their website that visitors are free to give them a call in case they get lost.

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6.Other Attractions in Town

Other Attractions in Town
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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania is a rustic town settled between east coast mountains and the Lehigh River making for gorgeous scenery and transporting you back in time. The downtown area is home to locally shops that have been restored to their grand Victorian architecture and style. There are many antique and specialty shops, eateries and cafes all within walking distance of The Old Jail House Museum. You can even take walking ghost tours of the town and visit some of the old coal mines while you are in town.

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128 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA, 18229, Phone: 570-325-5259

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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania: The Old Jail Museum