Monday, April 9, 2018

{Field Trip} Eastern State Penitentiary

We had a free Saturday to ourselves and decided to head to Philly for some brunch.
 I had been wanting to try a new (to us) place called OCF Coffee House in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.
 I had the vegan omelette with potatoes and veggies, I also sampled a vegan pancake which was so good!
 After all of that yummy food we took a walk around the neighborhood.  The sun was shining and it was starting to feel a little like spring.  People were lined up outside of Eastern State Penitentiary and we decided to go for the tour as well.
 The first part of the audio tour is narrated by actor/director Steve Buscemi and is so fascinating.
 Eastern State was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world but now it stands in ruins.  It was the first true penitentiary, designed to instill penitence in the prisoners.
 This was a typical cell.
 In the center of the prison is a circular hub where the cell blocks shoot off from.
 They had some famous prisoners including Al Capone. He had a much nicer cell than the other inmates.
 Another notable inmate was "Pep", a dog serving time for allegedly killing a cat. In later developments the allegation was found to be false and his name was cleared.
This is my favorite view and shot of the prison tour.
Much of the prison is closed off but you can see parts of it that are visible on the tour.
 The tour ends in the gift shop (of course).  There was plenty of merch to be had, like this dish towel with one of the rules from the inmates handbook.
 Outside in this courtyard they could play baseball and get some exercise. To the left, you can see some of the Philly skyline.
It was such an interesting tour and I'd definitely go back again (just not during the Halloween when they run "Terror Behind the Walls".). Nope, not for me. 🙈

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7 comments:

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

This looks so cool! I’ve slways been fascinated with old prisons, isn’t that crazy? Someday I want to go to Alcatraz! I don’t think I would sign up for the Halloween tour either!

Tamar SB said...

I so want to see it there!!! What a fun outing.

Jessica Pelasky said...

I feel like deja vu! I've totally been here! :) So fun!

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Carla from The River said...

YIKES .. I watched the Terror Behind the Walls. OH MY!!

I would like to visit during the day, looks interesting.

csuhpat1 said...

Wow, such history there. I would love to visit there. Thanks for the tour.

Ida said...

What a fascinating tour. Thanks for sharing.

Terra Heck said...

How interesting! I'd love to visit an old penitentiary someday, even during Halloween time.

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