Shaped like a wagon wheel and creepy as hell, Eastern State Penitentiary is considered by some to be the world’s first true penitentiary. It was operational from 1829 until 1971 and housed the likes of Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton.
The fortress, which sits in the heart of Fairmount, was built to foster solitary confinement. Outside the cell was an individual area for exercise, enclosed by high walls so prisoners could not communicate. Exercise time was synchronized, so prisoners wouldn’t be out at the same time. Also, prisoners’ heads were covered with a hood when they were escorted out of their cells, so no one would recognize them. Freaky stuff.
During the month of October the prison transforms into Terror Behind the Walls, which is the stuff lifelong flashbacks and night tremors are made of. If you decide to risk a panic attack and insanely long lines, you might want to stop over at OCF Coffee House beforehand for a fabulous cuppa comfort.
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