Rezoned and Repurposed: The Old Jail Museum

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

I’ve got a fun one for you today…

Ever wanted to live in a former prison? Yeah me too. Here’s your chance!

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

Located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, this old place was used as the Carbon County Prison from 1871 to 1995. It was purchased privately in 1995 and then opened as tourist attraction – which it still is today. But the jail museum is currently up for sale so it could be your personal fun house for $750,000.

The old stone prison actually has the original warden’s quarters intact with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms so you could potentially live there.

Have a look at the main cell block:

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

It’s kind of beautiful… in a haunted old prison kind of way.

Did I mention this place is haunted?

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

Of course it is. People were actually hanged in here – there were at least seven known hangings of miners known as Molly Maguires in the 1870’s.

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

The main cell block features a classic vaulted design with 2 floors of inmate cells (each cell is 8 feet x 13 feet). The upper floor of the main cell block boasts an elegant cast iron staircase which was long ago crafted by local artisans Albright & Strohl Co.

Each of the prisoner cells has a toilet and sink:

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

(Nice touch with the rag-doll on the bed!)

No historic prison is complete without a creepy dungeon. This one does not disappoint.

The dungeon:

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

The dungeon has 8 cells – this is where they housed the real bad boys back in the day.

It also has multiple storage rooms and a massive reconditioned gas furnace (not pictured).

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

It does have that catacomb feel about it.

The above-ground Warden’s quarters are a bit more congenial, but still somewhat ominous:

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

The Warden’s quarters has 3 bedrooms so it was possible for a warden to raise a family there.

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

The industrial kitchen is currently lined with historical displays:

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

Not sure what that wooden thing with the bench is in the middle there (above).

Perhaps something like this useful parenting device:

my son in time-out

my son in time-out

he-he-he

There is also a tower that rises 36 steps above the third floor.

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image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

 

Isn’t it divine?

If you’re into this type of thing, it is only $750,000!

You can visit the official Old Jail Museum website here, and read the real estate listing here.

 

 

2 Comments

  • Sue says:

    Eww is right. It def is one of those useful parenting type of things and what in the world is it doing in a ktichen?! Well now we’ve seen almost everything haven’t we!!

  • Debbie B says:

    OMG I WANT IT! lol I don’t believe in things that go bump in the night but sure would use it to market a jail bed and breakfast!

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