Sharon Hoge visits the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia … and finds a few reasons to linger.
This is an invitation to spend a day in jail. Not a working jail, but an historic American prison, once the most expensive and famous lockup in the world. Castle-like 30-foot-high crenulated stone walls enclose the ten-and-a-half acre Eastern State Penitentiary, an architecturally significant structure that introduced a new form of incarcerating criminals. Closed down in the 1970s, the fortress was rescued from shopping mall developers and granted landmark status. Located within Philadelphia’s “museum district,” a few blocks away from the city’s famous art and science museums, the historic prison has been transformed into a museum offering sights and insights.
Eastern State Penitentiary
$7 students and children; $10 seniors; $12 adults.
Not recommended for under age 7
22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Editor’s Note: Sharon King Hoge specializes in consumer and travel journalism both in print and on radio and television. The former Consumer Reporter at WBZ-TV and producer/host of “The Sharon King Show” in Boston, she reported on ABC network news, hosted “The Cookbook Kitchen” on the Food Channel and participated in the launch of CNBC. A Contributing Editor at Condé Nast Traveler and Global Traveler magazines, her writing has appeared in Forbes FYI and Forbes Executive Woman, SELF, Ladies Home Journal, National Review. A former columnist for both AOL and the New York Daily News, she was Calendar Editor for the Martha Stewart Living website and is Editor at Large of the three regional Cottages and Gardens shelter magazines.