We couldn't think of a better month for a behind the scenes tour of Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine than October!
A National Historic Landmark and State Archaeological Preserve, Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine (1773) in East Granby, Connecticut is the oldest surviving state prison in the nation. The site consists of 45 acres of land, including the one-acre prison yard enclosed by a 12-foot tall masonry perimeter wall that encompasses the entrance to the underground copper mine, a rehabilitated two-story Guardhouse, and the standing ruins of four other buildings: a two-story Chapel, a two-story Nail Shop, a two-story Workshop, and a four-story Cell Block. The dank mine tunnels, menacing perimeter walls, and hulking prison ruins still convey an environment of confinement and awe.
For more information about Old New-Gate check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Old-New-Gate-Prison-Copper-Mine-115413559164531/ or visit http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/cwp/view.asp?a=2127&q=302258
CLHO Members: FREE
Students: $15 / CCSU Students FREE
Due to the terrain of the mine, New-Gate requires all guests wear closed toe shoes the day of the event. Thank you.
Connecticut League of History OrganizationsCentral Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of History1615 Stanley StreetNew Britain, CT 06050(860) 832-2674