Over the weekend I had the chance to spend some time with my really good friend Erika. It was her birthday a while back (I didn’t forget I just couldn’t find a time that worked!) and I wanted to make a day in Philly out of it to celebrate. So our first stop on the tour of Philly was one of my favorite attractions in the city, Eastern State Penitentiary.Eastern State was one of the nations first prisons (1829) and is currently a historical maintained ruin (I’m not going into a huge history lesson). Some of it’s more famous inmates were Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Originally the prison was designed with nothing but solitary confinement in mind. Each inmate had his own 8 by 6 cell that opened up to a yard they could walk in once a day. Each inmate was not only shackled but wore hoods to conceal their identity. I can’t even imagine how crazy that must have been spending year after year all alone with no one to talk to.
Anyway, the prison closed in 1971 and has been slowly restored since 2000. Check out the gallery if you want to see some pictures. And if you live around Philly and haven’t been yet you are seriously missing out on something both unique and really cool.