McKean County Historical Society Old Jail Museum
The McKean County Historical Society operates the Old Jail Museum
in the historic jail located on King Street behind the Courthouse.
The jail was constructed in 1872, and is Smethport’s oldest
According to the British Broadcasting Company,
the jail is haunted by the angry spirit of a convicted murderer who
vowed to return to haunt the jail shortly before he was hanged for
his criminal misdeeds.
On the more realistic side, the museum captures “windows of
time” in displays of the history of McKean County, its towns,
life style, and genealogy of its people. The museum also provides
a wealth of information about the famous Civil War Buctail Regiment
that was mustered in front of the 2nd McKean County Courthouse, details
from the “Oil Boom Days”, records of cemeteries in the
county, and microfilm copies of The McKean County Miner newspaper
that was printed in Smethport. Additional old photos, artifacts,
lectures, and demonstrations bring the area’s history alive.
Members, Senior Citizens, Children 6-12: $2.00
Children 5 and under: Free
Group Tours Available
April 1-May 31: Tuesday & Thursday 1-4 p.m.
June 1-August 31: Monday thru Friday 1-4 p.m.
Sept. 1-Oct 31: Tuesday & Thursday 1-4 p.m.
Every Thursday by Jim Baker
Every Friday by Dick Robertson
Annual Membership Fee
Membership includes free use of the Library facility, a free subscription
to the Society’s newsletter, Bucktail News, and a 50% discount
on museum admission.
Library Usage Fee for Non-Members is $5.00
The Museum is supported in part by a grant
From the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission