Today we are beginning a new installment of Historic Real Estate called “Preservation Personals.” Instead of our usual For Sale-style ads, we're letting the historic properties speak for themselves. First up ...
Gothic Revival Gem Seeks to Lock Down a Daring, Savvy Investor
The Old Jail Museum -- Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Seeking a bold and unusual venture? Like a little bit of the strange and spooky? Then you and I will make the perfect team.
I’m not like the other quaint little shops and houses in Jim Thorpe. To the contrary, I sit on a hill above the town, telling it like it is since 1871. If I seem a little rough around the edges, it’s because I have a hand-hewed stone exterior. (That's how Gothic Revival architecture rolls.)
I’m as exciting on the inside as I am tough on the outside. The tours that I host take guests into the two-level cell block, guided by the oak railing on the cast-iron staircase. Here, I tell them about the scandalous Molly Maguire trials during Jim Thorpe’s coal mining days. And I’ve been known to send chills up more than a few spines during the after-hours ghost tours.
But don’t limit my charms to my Shawshank Redemption-meets-Green Mile flair. I also have a sweet spot in the Warden’s Quarters. Picture this: After a long day of running the museum -- leading tour groups, selling informational booklets at the gift shop, keeping spouses from locking their partners in the cells -- you can kick back in the living room’s recliner, sip on a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, and soak in the success of the day. Sounds cozy, doesn’t it?
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