Sunday, October 21, 2012

Black Sheep Sunday: Old Newgate Prison

   Believe it or not, one of Connecticut's oldest prisons was actually underground. According to a state of Connecticut site, the Old New-Gate prison started life as a copper mine. In the 1770s, it was converted to a prison. Prisoners lived in the mine's old tunnels. Conditions were poor, and the prison was closed in the 1820s.
   There are some great histories of the prison online. The Colebrook Historical Society describes several of the infamous escapes. The town of East Granby keeps an events calendar. If you have an ancestor who "lived" in Old Newgate, it's time to do some research...

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