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This Mansion Up for Sale Holds a Dark Secret: It’s a Prison

If you walk by the house at 201 West Penn Street in Bedford, Pennsylvania you would assume this brick mansion is a luxurious retreat from the world. But this three-story building holds a dark secret. It was originally the Bedford County Jail built in 1895.

The prison was in use until the 1990s and has been sitting off of the market for a couple decades. Now it’s up for sale again, complete with the original iron riveted cells. The property even boasts the old brick oven for baking prison bread down in the basement.

So what do you get if you decide to invest nearly half a million dollars into this piece of eerie history?

The front porches offer a beautiful view out across the property with sloping lawns and expansive views.

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Decorative turrets create an impressive gothic-inspired facade.

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Beautiful wood flooring and trim decorate the previous administrative and living areas for a slice of old-world charm.

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Then there’s the other part of this mansion. The original jail cells seem ready for use at a moment’s notice. You’d have plenty of room for guests…

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The property is up for sale as commercial or residential so the options are endless. A ghost tour-themed restaurant? A spooky bed and breakfast? Or just a serious fixer-upper for the morbidly inclined. Any way you slice it, it already has some curb appeal, as long as you ignore the telltale sign out front.

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This Mansion Up for Sale Holds a Dark Secret: It’s a Prison