Eastern State Penitentiary
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About this place
Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor," Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States.
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A great place to go see an old prison. During September-November this old prison is converted into a haunted house at night. It’s a fun attraction for people of all ages.
One of the most famous prisons in the world, with a list of former inmates that includes bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and legendary gangster Al Capone. Tours offer a glimpse of life inside the prison’s historic cell blocks.
Haunted house attraction during October. Historical site and the first penitentiary-style prison in the world. 15 minute walk away.