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A Creepy Peek Inside Eastern State Penitentiary

Happy Halloween! I’m celebrating the day with a glimpse into one of the creepiest places I’ve been during my travels: Eastern State Penitentiary in downtown Philadelphia.

Upon opening in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary once aimed to rehabilitate prisoners using a strict Quaker-inspired method of isolation and penitence. Critics like Charles Dickins denounced the inadvertent cruelty of isolation-based inprisonment prompting Eastern State to revert to a more traditional prison in the early 1900s. (Fun fact! The mobster Al Capone was one of the most infamous inmates.)

Today, the prison-turned-museum is known for its grand architecture… and super spooky atmosphere! It’s one of the city’s most popular attractions… especially in the fall, when the prison turns into a giant haunted house.

Enjoy this peek inside the creepy walls of Eastern State Penitentiary!


Stairs to nowhere


Cell Block 8


A warning that goes without saying… You better believe I wouldn’t be wandering in that door!


A decrepit cell… so creepy!


A lone figure walks the creepy halls


Cell block 2: In a little bit better shape but I still wouldn’t want to live there!


Spooky cell blocks


A little disconcerting… locked in!

A creepy peek inside Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary

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One Response to A Creepy Peek Inside Eastern State Penitentiary

  1. Holly - Choosy Traveler February 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    This has been on my to-visit list ever since I saw the Ghost Hunters episode (usually they’re pretty lame, but for whatever reason, that one was pretty creepy).

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