Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change
the behaviour of inmates through confinement in solitude with labour, Eastern
State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied
buildings in the United
States. Located right in the centre of Philadelphia,
in the Fairmount Neighborhood, some of America's most notorious criminals
were held here including bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. After 142
years of consecutive use, Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned
in 1971 and now stands a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard
Many people believe that Eastern State Penitentiary is
haunted. As early as the 1940s, officers and inmates reported mysterious
visions and eerie experiences in the ancient prison. And the ghost sightings
have only increased since Eastern State was abandoned in
What a perfect place to host
one of America’s
best ever haunted events!
the Walls runs from September through November each year in honour of
Halloween. The tour starts with Intake
and visitors enjoy a glimpse into real prison life from the delousing chamber
to the warden’s office with a few surprises along the way.
"I've never come across anything quite like
Terror Behind the Walls. [It's] like fear on steroids. You know, the kind of
fear that follows you home and takes up permanent residence in your
psyche." Visitor 2008.
If having the wits scared out of you isn’t your idea of fun,
but you are still intrigued by the prison, daytime tours are available every
day apart from major holidays.