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TownePlace Suites Mt. Laurel

450 Century Parkway  Mount Laurel  New Jersey  08054  USA 

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Visitor's Guide: Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary

19th-Century Prison
  • 2027 Fairmount Avenue 
  • Philadelphia,  PA  19130
  • Phone: +1 215 236 5111
  • Fax: +1 215 236 5289
  • Email: info@easternstate.org
  • Web: http://www.easternstate.org/  
  • Neighborhood: Art Museum
  • Category: Local History & Culture
  • Hours: Mo to Su from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Description

This penitentiary was a 19th-century social experiment along Quaker principles. Complete solitary confinement was the rule, on the theory inmates would use the time for prayer, reflection and penitence. In fact, the loneliness destroyed many and eventually overcrowding led to squalid conditions with no pretense of reform. It finally closed in the 1970s. The degree of infamy Eastern State Penitentiary experienced when in use made Alcatraz pale in comparison. Inmates formerly incarcerated here include arch criminal Al Capone and bank robber Willie Horton. Although it stands today in crumbling condition, visitors get an eerie feel when viewing the vaulted cell blocks and central rotunda.

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