In 1877 four men accused of being Molly Maguires were hanged together on gallows inside The Old Jail Museum. In 1878 and 1879 three more accused Molly Maguires were hanged there. The men swore they were innocent. One man, to prove his innocence, placed his hand firmly on the wall of his cell. He proclaimed his handprint would remain forever as a sign of his innocence. The Handprint is Still On The Wall of Cell 17 Today!
Built in 1871, The Old Jail Museum contains 28 cells, the warden's living quarters and 16 eerie dungeon cells. The reconstructed gallows follow original descriptions. The Old Jail Museum was the county jail until January 1995. It is an excellent example of 19th century prison architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Weekend Tours only in September and October from Noon to 4:30 p.m.
The Old Jail Museum - 128 West Broadway - Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 - Phone 570 325 5259