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The Old Cumberland County Prison, located in downtown Carlisle, was an operating prison from 1854-1984 and is now used for county offices. Designed by Philadelphian architect Edward Haviland designed the prison. In Pennsylvania, the castle-style prison was very popular in the mid-nineteenth century made popular by Edward’s father, John Haviland. The previous jail was also located on the corner of East High and South Bedford streets. This lot would house a prison from 1753 until 1985, when the new Cumberland County Prison was built on Claremont Road about two miles away from this location.

Allegedly, there is paranormal activity on site. The prison was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters (SyFy Channel)  in November 2015.

NOTE: The building is not open to the public and, at this time, no tours are being offered.

  • Downtown:

East Side Ghost Tour

  • Dates: April 26, 2019 - November 1, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: From: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Location: TimeWalker Tours
  • Town: Carlisle