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Abandoned York County Prison

319 Chestnut St, York, Pennsylvania 17403 USA

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This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. The Old York County Prison on Chestnut Street in York PA began as part of a complex of custodial buildings, including the York County Poorhouse and Hospital (where the Alexander Goode school now stands). The prison itself was an imposing castle-like structure built in 1853, with spread-out cell blocks in the rear that housed the inmates. The rear block was lined with two floors of cells, with a tall, central hallway in the center. In 1906, the castle-like facade was torn down and replaced with the 30,000 square foot fortress-like brick structure that currently exists. This new prison was designed by architect B.F. Willis, and even had a trap door where hangings took place. The prison received some bad publicity in the 1950s, with reports of people being placed in padded cells to save on space, racial segregation during the night hours, bed bugs, and a report describing that the only meat served during a two week period was venison from roadkill brought back by police. The prison closed its doors in 1979, as the facility moved to a new location in Springettsbury Township. The old prison was purchased in 1982 by John and Joyce Gearhart; after rioting at the overcrowded Camp Hill State Correctional Institution the family considered renovating the property into a privately run prison, but the idea was dropped. Many different plans for the building have also been proposed over the years, including parking, a bar, nightclub, hotel, vocational school, community arts center, retail shops, loft apartments, a Halloween business, and even a prison theme restaurant. In 2007, the Gearharts put the prison up for sale for $3.9 million, advertising it with posters reading "Wanted: $25,000 Reward for the capture of buyer for the Old York County Prison." The old cell block in the rear of the building from the original 1853 structure has been demolished.

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Reviewed by
maria.hillegas

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December 17, 2013

Would anyone know how I can get in contact with the Gearharts? Do they still own the old prison? Thanks for any help! Please contact me at K9FindM@aol.com Maria Hillegas

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Reviewed by
zmeiler1

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November 01, 2013

Erin, if you wanna explore inside, i'd be glad to tag along

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Reviewed by
erin.allen.77

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August 31, 2013

Don't use the concord street address but found on chestnut street what a phenomenal building wish I have explored inside. Maybe some day soon I can explore the inside.

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Reviewed by
ameliepalmer

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September 12, 2019

Does anyone know who I can contact and how to see if I can go inside the building? It would be very good to know.

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butchlc

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February 25, 2019

Cant get in no more as of 2019. All entrances are seal shut. There is cameras and its now owned and set for renovations in the summer

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Jscarmazzo

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August 23, 2017

Happen to be curious from you guys if the prison is still available and who I can contact to get into? Please contact me at Jscarmazzo93@icloud.com , Thank you so much! Asap! Appreciate it !

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supertyrae

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April 11, 2017

If you know how I can get in contact with the Gearharts please email me at weirdTim1234@gmail.com thanks

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fritotrucker

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April 17, 2016

Was this torn down recently?? I just followed my GPS to there and all I saw was a huge pile of rubble. Didn't know if I was looking at the wrong spot or what

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StephenHennel

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April 13, 2016

@shennelmedia on Instagram you can find my account. I recently went inside and got some great shots.

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MarkAnthonyRoach

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March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

I want to visit see how it looks inside want to do ghost investigation. Love old jails.

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Abandoned York County Prison

319 Chestnut St
York, Pennsylvania
17403 USA

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