Sadly, history is about to repeat itself once again, as it was on that infamous day in June of 1877 – there will no reprieve for the Molly Maguires.
At some point during the evening of December 20th,2009 the last pint will be drawn, toasts will shared, tears will be shed – and the Molly Maguires Pub in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania will close its doors forever.
I will not comment on those circumstances that brought about the demise of this much-loved institution, other than to say that the self interests and intrigues of a business are not always in harmony with the needs and desires of the clientele. Having just suffered through a similar loss of my own favorite local, (the over two-year closure of the bar at the National Hotel in Frenchtown, NJ), I can more than empathize with the citizens of Jim Thorpe.
Taverns like Molly’s are much more than just a place to grab a beer and a burger. Besides providing employment they define the character of the area, they become a repository of local lore and history, they are a measure of a town’s hospitality and integrity – they are in short the lifeblood and lifeline of a community!
As for myself, every visit to Jim Thorpe over the last nine years has begun and ended with a pint of Murphy’s Irish Amber at that wonderful bar. I am very thankful to the gracious staff and generous customers that always made it feel like home. For the sake of all the good people in Jim Thorpe, I hope and pray that a new vision and vitality finds its way to the place that was the Molly Maguire’s Pub…Fare Thee Well!