Eastern State Penitentiary
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.
This was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Take a tour or check their calendar for the numerous events, including Terror Behind The Walls that starts at about the last week of September and runs through the first week of Nov.
After the Revolution, Benjamin Franklin began hosting meetings about ways to reform criminals, rather than just punish them. Eastern State Penitentiary was the result.
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