#OldNewGate Open House - Saturday. The State office of Culture & Tourism owns and operates 4 historic sites. For years Old New-Gate Prison was far and away the most popular of the four. Its been closed for more than ten years. Tami Zawistowski and a citizens advisory group have been persistent in advocating for its restoration and reopening. If all goes well that will begin next summer. The State historic preservation division of Culture & Tourism is mostly involved in historic preservation, not so much managing, much less promoting and programming museums. New-Gate has the potential to be the flagship of a regional tourism effort. New-Gate could be one of the flagships of that region. It will not happen by accident. Look what's here! Many states and regions would envy such an abundance of uniques treasures."
Source: William Hosley to Creating Sense of Place for Connecticut
"Hear about Ruth Duncan’s shocking discovery of her great great grandfather’s connection to the notorious pirate William Gibbs and about who’s clamored to get into—and escape from—Old New-Gate Prison over the last 240 years. After six years of a stabilization project, the popular historic site is on the verge of reopening to the public with an open house on October 22, 2016."
LISTEN ON: Grating The Nutmeg
A forum organized by Rep. Tami Zawistowski in East Granby, where state DECD officials provide residents with an update about the rehabilitation of the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine tourist attraction.
Update on Old Newgate Prison
State Rep. Tami Zawistowski hosts a cable access show, providing an update about the status of restoration work at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine in East Granby.
Haunting at Newgate Prison
Newgate Prison was featured in Damned Connecticut. Read more about the history and tragic events that set the stage for the alleged hauntings...
"As with any location associated with such a dark history, New-Gate Prison has gained a reputation as a haunted spot. Over the years, there have been stories of spirits allegedly spotted roaming the grounds, as well as ethereal voices supposedly heard in the mine's tunnels." by Ray Bendici
READ MORE: Damned Connecticut
"New-Gate Prison is thought to be the first prison, in the modern sense of the word, in America . In May 1773 the Connecticut General Assembly appointed a committee to visit the inactive copper mine in Simsbury (now East Granby) to determine if it could be used for the "purpose of confining, securing, and profitably employing . criminals . in lieu of the infamous punishments . now appointed." Until this time, convicted criminals were not incarcerated. Rather, they were sentenced with various forms of corporal punishment. Whipping was the most common sentence, but individuals could be branded and/or have part of their ear cut off. The description of Steel's cropping and branding in the reward announcement quoted above indicates he was a repeat offender."
- by Karin Peterson is the museum director for the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, where her responsibilities include oversight of Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine.
READ MORE: Hog River Journal
Source: Hog River Journal
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