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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Old Jail Museum

This jail which was in service for over a century and is now open for curious visitors. 

As the title states, the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania protects the memory of a monolithic 1800’s jail and its supposed bevy of ghosts.

The former Carbon County Prison was used in service as a correctional facility from 1871 to 1995, holding over a century’s worth of inmates and even acting as the site of some high profile executions. The two-story jail has 72 rooms and 27 cells including a basement dungeon where prisoners were kept in solitary confinement. The most famous occurrence in the jail was the execution of seven coal miners known as “Molly Maguires.” In a highly unscrupulous trial led against the miners by the coal company, the workers were hanged right in the jail.

Today the jail is preserved as a museum where visitors can come and wander the cells and warden’s quarters, seeing the bleak stone interiors of the historic cells. The site plays up the possible haunting by the executed inmates and most unsettlingly a mysterious handprint stained on the wall of the cells.    

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Wander the Old Jail's cold hallways, past Cell 17 with its mysterious handprint on the wall, under the gallows on which seven of the accused Molly Maguires were put to death, and down into the eerie dungeon.

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