On our way to Atlantic City we will be taking a short stop in Philadelphia, there we will be visiting the historic Eastern State Penitentiary. It used to be the most expensive and famous prison in the world, but today it stands as an empty and haunted building. Since I really enjoy historic buildings and anything with a “ghostly” atmosphere, I knew that this will our must see while in Philly.
The prison was known for it architecture and its strict discipline, designed to strike remorse in the heart of its convicts. It was one of the first prisons to emphasize reform as opposed to punishment of convicts. Some famous criminals including Al Capone, have spend time behind its bars. Today the prison is a museum and a historic site that offers tours to the members of the public and is rumored to be haunted with nearly 60 paranormal investigator teams exploring the site each year. The facility is carefully kept as a “preserved ruin” which adds more interest and atmosphere of the tour itself.
We are very excited to see this architectural and historical marvel, as we get lost in the historical narrative of what has happened between the stone walls.