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Old Bradford County Jail


Location of sign - Old Bradford County Jail, 109 Pine Street, Towanda, Pennsylvania


Photo taken June 2008


Old Bradford County Jail, Bradford County Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


Old Bradford County Jail

109 Pine St.


The old jail is located in the center of Towanda's historic district.  Avery Frink, architect and contractor from Montrose, designed

and built the jail.  His plan included a stone dwelling for the Sheriff and his family.  A three-story cell block, and a prison yard

enclosed by a 20-foot stone wall, all built with locally quarried stone.  The jail was occupied in 1873 and was praised for its 

modern design.  By 1913 it was considered seriously outdated.  A complete modernization took place in 1949-50 which included

removal of the ventilation tower.  The jail was closed in 1991.  County Commissioners transferred the property to Bradford County

Historical Society in 1998.  Renovation activity began in 1999 to convert the jail into a museum, research library and early records



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