1895 Jail – Bedford, PA – $394,900

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Added to OHD on 1/21/19   -   Last OHD Update: 1/21/19   -   57 Comments
201 W Penn St, Bedford, PA 15522

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  • $394,900
  • 8253 Sq Ft
  • 0.66 Ac.
Are you looking for an exceptionally unique property? Well once upon a time this building housed the criminals and characters of interest of Bedford County and local travelers being originally built in 1895 to be the Bedford County Jail. This property offers a great location and endless possibilities for someone with a little imagination, such as a theme restaurant, boutique, delightful cafe, bed and breakfast, restaurant, Pub, and so much more. Situated in historic Bedford County, being centrally located between major cities and minutes to the PA turnpike and I-99.
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Kimberly Mearkle, Juniata Realty
(855) 970-7127 / (814) 585-1784
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47 Comments on 1895 Jail – Bedford, PA – $394,900

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  1. AvatarAugman says: 39 comments

    That is SO cool! Living here, you would have REALLY well-behaved children and guests all the time!

  2. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 86 comments
    1929 Spanish Revival
    Glendale, CA

    How handy for when the inlaws visit. Just kidding.

  3. SueSue says: 1175 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    Wow, an old jail. Wouldn’t want to live in it but it would make a fun commercial property.

  4. SeanSean says: 161 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    Lots of fun! And the exterior is quite fancypants for a jail. It could be a great place to live and I bet the town has some good stories about it.

  5. AvatarChris says: 43 comments

    It could make an interesting B&B. Our old county jail (Parke County, IN) was turned into a B&B/wine bar and is doing quite well for itself. This place looks large enough to be a B&B, bar AND restaurant.

  6. AvatarRobinjn says: 218 comments

    I could never live in a former jail. The sadness and heartache… just couldn’t do it. It would be cool retail shops though.

  7. Avatarlara jane says: 573 comments

    Incredible! I love a place with a story and this one is extraordinary! This jail is prettier than most houses in my area! ha!

  8. AvatarMelissa says: 1 comments

    It’s a really cool building really great for someone with money to restore it back to what it was and show people or commercially owned. I don’t think I could live in it my kids would accidentally lock them selves in or play around there and I couldn’t handle it

  9. AvatarAnne M. says: 545 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Hopkinton, MA

    There is a massive old jail that has been turned into a luxury hotel in Boston, but like Robinjn said above, I couldn’t live (or sleep) in a place with so much sadness in its walls. Converted slave quarters also leave me cold. Here’s a link to The Liberty:

    • AvatarHandymam says: 68 comments

      Wow, what people can do with a whole lot of money. What an amazing transformation.
      But the population of Bedford, PA, even with its visitors, could never sustain a place like that to ever recoup the cost of renovation.

      Still, The Bedford Springs Hotel was once run down, and now it is a jewel.

  10. MonicaGMonicaG says: 173 comments

    A beautiful building and so unique. Endless possibilities.

  11. AvatarConnie Murray says: 133 comments

    Gives new meaning for when your spouse is in the dog house — now you can put him/her in the Big House!

  12. Sue S.Sue S. says: 304 comments

    Cool but I wouldn’t want to live there. I second/third the possibility of a retail operation. Decades ago I and friends used to go to a restaurant that was a converted jail. The cells were booths, and so on. Loved it.

  13. AvatarLindsay G says: 591 comments

    Oh how creepy! I’d spiff it up a little bit, put mattresses in the cells and charge people to sleep in it like a jail motel! And if they last the whole night, they get half their money back! πŸ˜‰

  14. AvatarBig Rog says: 187 comments

    What a neat idea to turn this into a pub/restaurant. You could serve “Chain Gang Cheeseburgers”, “Hanging Rope” steaks,etc.

  15. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 923 comments

    Very, very cool! I especially like the long scarf around the neck of the ram (sheep?) on the porch steps. Third pic. πŸ™‚

  16. Avatarmontana channing says: 243 comments

    You wouldn’t have to waste money on sheets and bedding in this B&B and food would be just water and gruel.

  17. AvatarMelody says: 369 comments

    I’d turn it into a hostel! Not sure if the town has a lot of tourist activity, but I’m sure the travelers would come.

    Ottawa, Ontario has a great hostel. The old Carleton County Gaol was bought by Hostelling International and turned into the Ottawa Jail Hostel. Lonely Planet has listed it as #9 on the top 10 spookiest buildings in the world.

    • AvatarKarrie says: 230 comments

      I looked at the hotel and it is beautiful, one would not even be scared to spend the night in that fancy place even if it was once a jail.

  18. Avatarpamibach says: 119 comments

    What a place to do time!

  19. AvatarJames crooks says: 1 comments

    Would make an ideal place for my bakery and extreme cakes

  20. AvatarRhonda says: 1 comments

    Considering the history of Bedford and the amount of tourism, nearly year-round, this would make a terrific investment for the right person. Maybe my cousin Jeff needs another business in town there! Noting the sign however, if built for $25,000, considering depreciation, I should think the price might be $10,000 instead of nearly $500,000! If it drops to $10k, I will buy it!

  21. AvatarJo says: 1 comments

    My Grandfather worked at the jail when I was a young child. Grandma would cook for the inmates. Best fed inmates in PA! Spent much of my youth in that old place with many fond memories. I love that old jail! I only wish I could buy it. Would snatch it up in a heartbeat.

  22. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10080 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted 2016, I don’t know if it sold since but it’s on the market again at a lower price with new photos. Moved to the front page, comments above may be older.

  23. AvatarJRC says: 106 comments

    What is the object in the first basement photo?

    • Avatarddbacker says: 380 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1971 Uninspired split-level
      Prairie Village, KS

      My guess is trash incinerator, vented out the side towards the brick wall.

      • AvatarL Adams says: 64 comments

        I thought it looked a bit like a kiln? It was an art studio, so maybe? Really like this one. I wonder what the ceiling heights would be if the drop ceilings were removed? This is almost as nice as the Canadian courthouse/jail that was posted several months ago, though that one was my favorite bc the yard would make a STUNNING garden with its 10ft wall surrounding it. Wouldn’t mind living in a jail at all. I believe in redemption for people /and/ buildings. πŸ™‚

    • AvatarBluegrass gal says: 20 comments

      Bread oven, so says the realtor when I spoke to her last year.

  24. AvatarPeter J says: 38 comments

    An oven?

  25. AvatarKristine says: 13 comments

    No thanks for living, I,’ve been in jail for almost 19 years ( working, lol). But it would make. Cool bar/ restaurant with homey crafts shops in the old cells for a retail touch. Nice!

  26. AvatarTess says: 321 comments

    Looks like it’s a craft studio.

  27. AvatarApril says: 18 comments

    What a cool building! Am I the only one who got extra enthused when they saw the yarn-spinning tool? It makes me want to meet & get to know the current owners!

    Clearly it’s a work in progress, but someone with the right vision & enough money could make this building dazzle. I hope they preserve the inmate artwork.

  28. AvatarSusanL says: 27 comments

    Looks a bit like the old Washington County Historic Courthouse and jail in my hometown! Lovely venue for weddings and all sorts of events!! https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g43552-d491126-i249821099-Washington_County_Historic_Courthouse-Stillwater_Minnesota.html

    • AvatarHandymam says: 68 comments

      A wedding in a former jail. That gives new meaning to the expression “old ball and chain” people joke about when they get married.

  29. MichaelMichael says: 1268 comments

    Pretty cool building! I could easily see a business of some sort and live in the house as well! Perhaps a bakery/coffee shop……..why do I comment on an empty stomach?

  30. AvatarDavid McCauslin says: 66 comments

    Well there would certainly be a place for the in-laws to stay when they visit! Very similar to the old county jail and sheriff’s residence in the town where I grew up, in northern Michigan. It has since been turned into the county museum…

  31. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Adapting old jails for various uses seems to be a trend these days. The old Wabash, Indiana Sheriff’s house and jail combo are on the market after substantial work for less than $90,000 https://www.indianalandmarks.org/for-sale/wabash-sheriffs-house-and-jail/ This old jailhouse looks much larger but I wonder how robust the local market is for a structure like this? At least it is likely to remain standing as a part of local history.

    • brigidbrigid says: 242 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
      Smalltown, OK

      Maybe getting ready for the zombie apocalypse? That’s what I always think when I see a jail/prison for sale.

  32. AvatarSharon says: 20 comments

    I so hate it when people put drop ceilings in an old home my ex did that to a wonderful old home built in 1883, I just don’t understand.

  33. AvatarJanice Hall says: 5 comments

    “A nice place to get away where you can’t get away.”
    I sure do think this would be a perfect bed and breakfast for kinky seminars.

  34. AvatarJanice Hall says: 5 comments

    Apparently, on second look, there is enough original fencing for a down payment on the place, ha ha.

  35. AvatarChris Schulze says: 34 comments

    Looks like an upholsterer had their shop here. I’d use the cells for stalls that local artists and vintage stuff pickers could use to sell their stuff

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