Old Jail Museum

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Legend has it that at the Old Jail Museum, a bloody handprint on one of the jail walls keeps coming back even if it is painted over. Ghost tours are offered on the premises.

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    128 W Broadway
    Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
    United States

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    40.8636133, -75.7464632
    Carbon County, Pennsylvania
    Nearest Towns:
    Jim Thorpe, PA (1.1 mi.)
    Lehighton, PA (2.7 mi.)
    Nesquehoning, PA (3.4 mi.)
    Weissport, PA (3.5 mi.)
    New Columbus, PA (3.6 mi.)
    Weissport East, PA (3.6 mi.)
    Parryville, PA (5.0 mi.)
    Bowmanstown, PA (6.2 mi.)
    Weatherly, PA (6.9 mi.)
    Summit Hill, PA (7.0 mi.)

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    1. We visited the old jail two years ago, mind you neither my boyfriend nor I saw any thing, but down in the cell area, I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness. This feeling was so intense that I just couldn’t shake the urge to cry. This feeling stayed with me until we left.

    2. I have made several visits to this jail and from my own experience there is most definitely something paranormal going on in this building. My most recent visit was last year with my husband who had taken the tour for the first time and didn’t know the history of the building. I felt perfectly well and happy that day but the moment I entered through the front door I felt as if I was going to vomit. At first I thought maybe it was in my head but it grew worse as the tour went on. As we made our way downstairs to the dungeon the feeling grew even more intense to the point where I felt like I may pass out. I remember then feeling cold as ice and pressure on my head as if an unseen hand had run fingers through my hair. I turned and looked and my husband was halfway across the room and no other tourists where standing right behind me. I have always believed in the paranormal but I also believe that the entities that reside here are NOT FRIENDLY SPIRITS and highly caution those who enter to be careful.

    3. I had an experience at the jail a few years ago while touring it around Halloween tours. our group was outside in the courtyard and some were with the guide, I wandered over a little and was going to take a pic of the third floor window when a woman in a white gown was at the window and then as looking in my camera she flew towards me. I did not say anything at the time cause I was not sure I saw what I did but I looked again and there she was in the window looking down at me.. I also got a picture in the basement beyond the furnace, it looks like a shadow of a child or very small person peeking out of a doorway that is past the furnace. and there must be hundreds of orbs in this area.

    4. My husband visited the jail and took their tour about two years ago. We were downstairs in the area where the hangings occurred. My husband was taking a picture on his phone and I glanced at the screen. We both saw light circles floating across the screen. We looked at each other in awe, didn’t get the picture and didn’t mention anything to anyone on the tour. We did however, speak to a couple who were relaxing on their front porch. We mentioned we took the tour and saw… he finished my husband’s sentence and said orbs. This man said it was very common to see things in Jim Thorpe. In the homes, restaurants, hotels and the jail. Pretty cool………

    5. My husband and I were just there October 25,2021 and my hair was standing on in when we went to the dungeon. I recorded many orbs flying and a little light in the corner and it was pitch black! It is truly a place of sadness and doomed.

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