and Copper Mine
Since moving to Connecticut we had heard alot about the old Newgate prison and Copper mine.
On our trip back from Windsor Locks we stopped to see the old Newgate Prison in East Granby.
We had heard that it is the oldest prison in Connecticut and now we get to see it.
Brief History " Originally begun as a copper mine in the early 1700's. In 1773 Newgate was first used to house serious criminals. The first prisoner John Hinson was committed for burglary in 1773. Later Tories and Loyalists were held here during the Revolutionary War. It was the first State Prison in America. "
"Newgate ceased operating as a prison in 1827 and re-opened as mine at that time. In 1976 Newgate Prison was declared a National Historic Landmark. Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine is one of the leading tourist attractions in Connecticut. Newgate is owned and administered by the State of Connecticut."
Address: 115 Newgate Road, East Granby, CT Phone: 860.653.3563
Hours: May-Oct., Wed-Sun 10 am - 4:30 pm
Current Admission Prices: adults $5, seniors (60+) & college students with ID $4, children (6-17) $3, children under 6 are free.
"Please note, visitors hours, days open and admission fees are subject to change."
Wish we could have gone inside, but we didn't have enough time, we had to get back home. Here's a view of the sign leading the way to the Newgate Wildlife Trail..
From East CT Take exit 40 off I-91, heading West on Rt. 20. Proceed for approx. 8 miles until you come to the intersection of Rt. 187 & 20. Continue up the hill, take a right at the signal light. Head North on Newgate Road for 1 mile, Old Newgate Prison is on the left.