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Location DB > United States > Connecticut > Granby > Old Newgate Prison
Old Newgate Prison
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created by fopjn01 on 3/16/2008 8:36 PM
last modified by voyagerfan99 on 7/12/2010 3:46 PM
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Old Newgate Prison was a Colonial American prison in what is now East Granby, Connecticut. It is now a historic site.

The prison was originally a copper mine, opened in 1705, and is believed to be the first copper mine in America. After mining operations proved unprofitable, the colony of Connecticut converted it to a prison, like its London namesake Newgate Prison. The first prisoner, John Hinson, was committed for burglary in 1773. Later Tories and Loyalists were held here during the Revolutionary War. In 1790 it became a state prison, the first such in America. After the prison closed in 1827 mining operations resumed for a time, but since the 1860s it has been mainly a tourist attraction. Nearby Peak Mountain offers a bird's eye view of Old Newgate Prison from the Metacomet Trail.

In 1972 Old Newgate Prison was declared a National Historic Landmark. The site is now owned and administered by the State of Connecticut as a museum.

In 2006 an episode of Treasure Hunters sent the contestants to the prison.

It is closed to the public for all of 2010 for restoration
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Closed for Restoration
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
newgate rd
Granby, Connecticut
United States
Owner: State of Connecticut
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • Walls collapsing
  •  Interesting Features
    Take the tour in the summer, when it's cool in the mine.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • neighbors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1773
    Closed: 1827
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  • long pants / sleeves
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    Newgate prison was built in the 1700's. It housed prisoners who were shackled in the copper mine dug deep into the hill.
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