@sixpenceee; I usually don’t post this kind of stuff, but I figured that you’d enjoy this. I visited Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia today. I’ve been there several times in the past for both daytime tours and their haunted house; but this was the first time I’ve actually gotten the chance to take some photos. It is a very photogenic location and I have many more!
One particularly interesting thing is the first photo on the second row. That was how the cells looked then the prison was built; they had no doors and prisoners were brought into the cells from the exercise yards behind them. Since isolation was the theme of the prison, they put masks over the inmates’ heads so they couldn’t see the layout of the building or interact with anyone. Also, the plaque next to the entrance to Cellblock 4 honors inmates who fought during World War I, but they’re listed by inmate number rather than name.
Eastern State is believed to be one of the most haunted locations in the world, with Cellblocks 4 and 12 said to be the most active. They actually just opened Cellblock 3 (the hospital block) for tours, where you can see the cells for inmates with both mental conditions and tuberculosis. Half of the deaths at Eastern State are said to be attributed to tuberculosis; the youngest inmate believed to be incarcerated there was also the youngest to die. She was imprisoned for arson and died of tuberculosis at 13. All in all, this place is truly fascinating and hauntingly beautiful.